Last updated on December 11th, 2020 at 12:49 pm
On 10th December 2020, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ hosted a live webinar to address the concerns of various students. These included JEE Main 2021 aspirants, NEET Aspirants and students concerned on CBSE Board exams. All students were majorly concerned about the dates of various examinations. However, those were not revealed by the Education Minister.
Students who wish to watch the whole webinar again can check it below-
Interacting with teachers, parents and students on upcoming competitive/board exams. #EducationMinisterGoesLive @EduMinOfIndia @SanjayDhotreMP @PIB_India @MIB_India @DDNewslive https://t.co/qOsUBJ2J30
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) December 10, 2020
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Few Main Points From #EducationMinisterGoesLive
There were some major takeaways from this live session specifically on Joint Entrance Examination 2021 as it is conducted in multiple sessions. Moreover, JEE Advanced 2021 is also undergoing changes this year.
- The Ministry of Education is discussing the prospect of conducting JEE Main 2021 in multiple sessions each year. He hinted at 4 sessions of JEE Main. At present, NTA conducts the exam only twice a year.
- Syllabus for board examinations is often not standardised with JEE Main Syllabus. While CBSE and few state boards have decreased their syllabus, some state boards have backed out. Dr Pokhriyal hinted at a decreased JEE Main 2021 Syllabus too.
- Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal has assured the students of safety amid COVID-19 and also ensured that they will be provided with appropriate time to prepare for both entrance exams and board exams. Students have been concerned as they lost about 4 months of the academic year due to delay in CBSE exam results.
- There were no official announcements of exam dates, which we have seen in his previous webinars and tweets. However, Dr Pokhriyal said exam dates will be announced soon. He ensured the dates will not clash for 12th board exams and entrance exams – JEE Main or NEET.
Schools Will Completely Reopen Soon
Dr Pokhriyal gave some other assurances as well. Given the sudden release of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, there are some setbacks as students haven’t been able to get regular classroom education. Many have complained about poor online classes which offer no benefit at all.
- He had said that schools will soon reopen completely. COVID-19 cases are decreasing as the government is getting a better control towards the situation. Till date, 17 states have taken the decision to reopen schools.
- Some students asked about practical exams which have a 25% weightage in 12th boards. Amid COVID-19 pandemic, it will be impossible to conduct these exams. Dr Pokhriyal said the ministry will “discuss in this regard”.
“No Plan To Postpone NEET 2021”
Before this live session, students had tweeted to the Education Minister requesting to postpone the exams, especially NEET 2021. However, Dr Pokhriyal clarified that there is no plan to postpone the NEET 2021 exam.
- As an assurance of safety, he hinted at NEET 2021 being conducted in CBT (computer-based test) mode. NEET was conducted in offline mode only. He said since students want NEET exam online, it can be considered too.
- Dr Pokhriyal gave the example of Bihar elections where guidelines were followed similar to entrance exams. He appreciated that NEET exam, with most number of participants, was conducted amid COVID-19 pandemic.
He thanked and congratulated ministers, officials and essential workers on conducting the board and competitive exams of 2020 successfully even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. NTA’s National Test Abhyas app helped students prepare for JEE Main and NEET, and is still useful for upcoming exams.