New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Monday said life has to go on and allowed the conduct of JEE and NEET entrance examination amidst Covid-19 pademic.

“Life has to go on. Life has to move ahead. Precious year of students cannot be wasted,” the apex court said and dismissed a plea seeking postponement of JEE (Main) April 2020 and NEET-Undergraduate examinations, which are scheduled to be conducted in September, amid spurt in number of COVID-19 cases.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said career of students “cannot be put under jeopardy for long”. The bench, also comprising justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, heared the case through video conferrencing.

Eleven students belonging to 11 States, had sought quashing of the July 3 notices issued by the National Testing Agency (NTA), by which it was decided to conduct the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) April 2020 and National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-Undergraduate exams in September.

As per the public notices issued by NTA, JEE (Main) April 2020 is scheduled from September 1-6, while NEET UG 2020 exam is scheduled for September 13. The plea, filed through advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, had referred to COVID-19 pandemic and said authorities be directed to conduct these exams only after normalcy is restored.