The recent rise in covid cases in the country has created an alarming situation yet again. The increase in cases creates a problem for Universities, Schools, and other competitive examinations to conduct exams on the scheduled dates.
GATE is one of the upcoming competitive examinations scheduled on 5, 6, 12, and 13 February. However, around 20,000 students have signed an online petition for postponing the examination. Earlier, two petitions were filed on the issue – one by the students/candidates appearing for the GATE 2022 – and another one is a PIL on behalf of Umesh Dhande, an education institute that mentors students for GATE and other exams.
Despite the sharp hike in covid cases, the filing of petitions has failed to postpone the exam. The Supreme Court refused to postpone the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering exam, 2022 or GATE 2022 in view of the third wave of COVID-19, stating, “postponement of the exam will create chaos and uncertainty among students. It cannot play with the career of students who have prepared for it.”
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant, and Vikram Nath communicated the decision, and also added that it is a matter of academic policy as to when the examination should be held, and the court cannot enter this arena.