The NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) and JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) exams have not been postponed and will be held as per the schedule, in July.
But with the number of cases of coronavirus increasing steadily in the country, many students are demanding that the exams be postponed further. However, MHRD or NTA (National testing Agency), has not, however, released any indication of postponing the exams.
JEE Main 2020 is scheduled from July 18 to July 23 while NEET 2020 is scheduled for July 26. Recently, students have been requesting NTA to postpone the engineering and medical entrance exams due to rise in the active COVID cases. The students have also taken to social media with hashtags like #noexamsincovid, #studentlivesmatter and #postponejeeneet.
The MHRD recently held a meeting with the heads of CBSE, NTA, AICTE and UGC. There has been no official information that the ministry would postpone the exams and if CBSE board exams would be cancelled. The matter regarding the pending CBSE exams was heard by the SC today. However, there is no confirmation if the exams have been cancelled yet.
Meanwhile, several students are demanding postponement of the NEET and JEE exams due to concern about their health and safety. A student Rajeev Mishra tweeted many reasons why NEET 2020 should be postponed. He states many NEET aspirants reside in remote locations and will have to travel long distances by train or bus to appear for the exams, risking their physical and mental health. He adds that social distancing and other precautionary measures would be difficult to be followed at the exam centre due to large number of candidates. Students also worry that they would miss the chance to get admitted in medical schools in case they appear for exams and get infected with the novel coronavirus. “Postponing the examination until the peak of COVID-19 passes is the best chance for such candidates,” he says in his tweet.
Students tweet that exams be postponed and not cancelled. Many parents are also concerned about the safety of their wards.
Source: Times NowNational, News