Mumbai: Refusing to stay on the JEE-Main examination, Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday said that any student residing in flood-hit parts of Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region who cannot reach the exam center or reaches late can apply to the National Testing Agency to seek a re-examination.
A division bench of Justices Ravi Deshpande and Pushpa Ganediwala said the National Testing Agency (NTA) would consider such applications and make a decision within 15 days after examining the veracity of the same.
The Engineering Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) -man started at 9 am on Tuesday across the country.
“The situation is grim in many districts due to the floods. Students should not make any mistake on their own behalf, the bench said. The court said that any aggrieved student can file an application to the NTA through its center coordinator.”
The court ordered, “The National Testing Agency will decide on the application after consulting the District Collector concerned within a period of 15 days.”
Assistant Solicitor General Ulhas Aurangabadkar, appearing on behalf of the NTA, told the High Court that the agency would consider any application submitted by any student who could not appear in the examination due to flood situation or transportation problem.
Earlier, the High Court on Monday took cognizance of a letter written by Nitesh Bawankar, a resident of Maharashtra’s Bhandara district, who would arrive at the examination centers to appear in the JEE examination amid the flood situation.
Bawankar demanded the postponement of the examination for students residing in the flood-affected parts of Nagpur, Amravati, Akola, Chandrapur, Bhandara, Gondia, and Gadchiroli districts.
Due to floods, students from these areas will find it difficult to appear for the JEE-Main examination, he said.
The court on Monday directed the Center, Maharashtra government, NTA, and collectors of these districts to consider postponing the JEE-Main examination for students residing in flood-affected areas and unable to reach the centers to appear in the examination.
(With PTI Inputs)