The Bombay High Court is set to hear pleas regarding the JEE Main 75% eligibility criteria and top 20 percentile criteria relaxation on April 13.
Bombay High Court to Review JEE Main Eligibility Criteria
The Bombay High Court is scheduled to hear the case concerning the relaxation of the 75% eligibility criteria and top 20 percentile criteria for JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) Main 2023 on April 13. Advocate-activist Anubha Shrivastava Sahai announced the news on Twitter, stating that the matter has been listed as “item no 38 before the Bench of Hon’ble Chief Justice of Mumbai High court.”
Previous Hearing and Questions Raised
During the last hearing on April 6, the high court had put the case on hold and asked both the Ministry of Education and the National Testing Agency (NTA) to explain the significance of the criteria. The court had also requested that NTA submit an intervention application and affidavit for the same.
According to Advocate Shrivastava Sahai, the judge questioned why the 75% eligibility criteria or the top 20 percentile criteria were introduced in the first place when there is an entrance exam for qualifying for the same. Additionally, the judge inquired about the implementation of the top 20 percentile criteria.
Criteria Removal in COVID Year and Calls for Relaxation
It is worth noting that the eligibility criteria were removed during the COVID-19 pandemic but reintroduced this year. Students have been requesting relaxation of these criteria for the 2023 JEE Main examination.
Impact on JEE Main Aspirants
The 75% eligibility criteria and the top 20 percentile criteria have been points of contention for students and their families. With the Bombay High Court set to hear the case, the outcome could have significant implications for JEE Main aspirants. Should the court decide in favor of relaxing these criteria, it could ease the pressure on students and potentially increase the number of eligible candidates for the prestigious engineering entrance examination.
Awaiting the Court’s Decision
As the hearing approaches, students, educators, and policymakers will be closely monitoring the Bombay High Court’s decision on the JEE Main 2023 eligibility criteria. The outcome could set a precedent for future eligibility criteria and potentially impact the structure of entrance examinations in India.
The JEE Main is a crucial exam for students aspiring to pursue engineering in India, and any changes to its eligibility criteria could significantly impact their academic and professional paths. With the hearing slated for April 13, all eyes are on the Bombay High Court as it deliberates on this critical issue.