GATE 2022: Supreme Court Denies to postpone Gate 2022 citing COVID-19 

Supreme Court of India has denied interfering in the conduction or delaying the GATE 2022 examination citing the reason for rising COVID-19 cases. The GATE 2022 (Graduate Aptitude Test) is scheduled to be conducted on 5th February 2022 i.e. on Saturday. Many aspirants have made a plea in the Supreme Court of India to postpone the examination citing the reason for COVID-19 third wave. The bench of the Supreme court has said that interfering in exams merely 48 hours before the scheduled date would potentially create “chaos and uncertainty” for students.

Postponing GATE 2022 now would create Chaos and Uncertainty

The bench led by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud observed and made the statement that postponement of the GATE 2022 exam citing COVID just 48 hours before the scheduled exam will certainly going to create chaos and uncertainty among the students who have registered for the examination.

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The bench has observed that there was no overarching situation that arises for the court under Article 32 of the Indian Constitution to supersede the duties and functions of the concerned examination authorities to hold the examination merely 48 hours before. 

The Supreme bench has stated that the court should not interfere in academic matters after considering the perspective of the position and circumstances while dealing with these academic issues. The students who admitted the plea to postpone the GATE 2022 were represented by advocate Pallav Mongia. Students asserted in front of the court that there are many states like Jammu & Kashmir and Kerala that have imposed weekend lockdown or complete lockdown in the state due to the third wave of COVID-19 and allowing examination in such an atmosphere will put the lives of students at risk. Students were seeking at least a month’s delay in the GATE 2022.

Students should have prepared for Exam and related atmosphere

Justice D.Y Chandrachud made an observation and said examination that has to be conducted after 48 hours was notified months back and students should have prepared for the examination.  The bench also observed that the court do not want to intervene and create havoc in the future of the students only because the COVID virus was dominant in a few states. The examination is scheduled to be held offline in February. The Union and IIT Kharagpur are the regulatory authorities.

The petition was saying that conducting the examination can be turned into a super-spreader because rules and regulations to check COVID was arbitrary and unreasonable.

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