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Let students fly in from abroad to write NEET exam: SC to govt

A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and S Ravindra Bhat asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to do the needful to allow students who want to take the exam to come in Vande Bharat Mission flights.




The Supreme Court Monday rejected a prayer seeking directions to conduct the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) this year for admission to medical courses through online mode for overseas students.

A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and S Ravindra Bhat asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to do the needful to allow students who want to take the exam to come in Vande Bharat Mission flights.

“Please put in a word that they are allowed to come back and give [write] the exams. If not, they will lose a year,” the bench told Mehta.

The bench also refused to grant the request to relax the 14-day quarantine requirement and said, “We are afraid such a direction cannot be given, as it would endanger public health.”

The court, however, said students may approach state authorities to seek relaxation of the quarantine period.

The bench was hearing a plea challenging the Kerala High Court’s decision rejecting the prayer to set up examination centres abroad. ens

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