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Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the Supreme Court of India about the decision by CBSE to cancel the remaining board exams scheduled from July 1st to 15th 2020. This decision came as a surprise to students, and as a relief to parents. The COVID-19 crisis in India is growing at a very high pace than ever before. Conducting exams during such a phase was posing a great risk to students as well as their parents and families. However, CBSE has told that those students of class 12th who wish to take the exams will be allowed to improve their scores, once CBSE decides to conduct the exams. Along with CBSE, CISCE also announced the cancellation of their board exams. CISCE board exams were scheduled from 1st to 14th July 2020.
Now, twitter handles of NTA (@DG_NTA) and Education Minister of India, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal (@DrRPNishank) are flooded with replies from students requesting cancellation of JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020. 12th board percentage is one of the important eligibility criteria for admission to a large number of engineering and medical colleges. In the current situation, it is obvious that students will not be able to show their best aggregates by performing well in board exams. This will ultimately hamper their chances of getting their desired college through JEE Main or JEE Advanced. NTA has already postponed the JEE Main exam dates and re-scheduled it to 18th-23rd July 2020.
— Aryan Rajwani (@aryan_rajwani) June 25, 2020
More than 2.5 lac tweets on #NoExamsInCovid
Students are also trying to explain their current situation such as many are depressed while some are facing problems due to family members infected of COVID-19. This could also result in poor performance in JEE Main exam or they might even be forced to skip the exam due to inadvertent reasons. Around 2.5 lac tweets have been posted with the hashtag #NoExamsInCovid, with students pleading to cancel exams amid the COVID-19 disease outbreak.
To all those SELFISH people out there asking not to postpone neet/jee. Do u guys have hearts at all! You might be rich and are living happily now. There are so many students out there who are suffering massively. Please for once think about others.#NoExamsInCovid #CBSE pic.twitter.com/piuxaf4c1m
— Adit Reddy (@adit___7) June 23, 2020
Many students have been reporting disregards towards social distancing guidelines at a few exams conducted recently. Maintaining large crowds has always been a problem for the authorities.
@iiit_hyderabad #postponejeeandneet @HRDMinistry @DrRPNishank #NoExamsInCovid This type of crowd gathered outside the centres of UGEE EXAM of @iiit_hyderabad where social distancing is impossible. Waste of conducting such an exam, risking lives. Was it necessary? pic.twitter.com/PatTLMrvvq
— Gouri Vignesh Jawalkar (@GouriVignesh) June 24, 2020
Sir please take a call on neet and jee also… it’s been long.. understand our anxiety…we see your every tweet with hope..plz..update sir plz…
— AKBdwj0674728 (@bhardwaj674) June 25, 2020
As per the reports, the decision on JEE Main will be announced by the government today. Cancellation or postponement of the exam will invite even more questions regarding the admission as well as the academic calendar for students. Students are advised to stay calm, keep washing your hands and stay safe!
Amidst the alarming rise of coronavirus cases in India, the aspirants and their well-wishers are urging the government to postpone JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020. While JEE Main is conducted for admission in first year Engineering and other professional courses, NEET is held for admission in first year MBBS, BDS, BUMS, BHMS, and other medical courses. NTA has already rescheduled the tests once owing to the pandemic outbreak and the consequent nationwide lockdown on March 24, 2020.
— Motor Animation (@Motor_Animation) June 8, 2020
It was predicted earlier that the pandemic fury will ease in July and eventually, the lockdown will be completely uplifted. On the contrary, the situation seems to worsen and the COVID -19 curve is way far from getting flattened. Also, the experts are warning that India will witness its coronavirus peak in July.
Hence, the aspirants are raising voices for this on-going concern. Various online petitions have been signed and the mass is using social media platforms to insist on the government to act upon this. In fact, hashtags like #HealthOverExams, #postponeneet2020 and #postponejee2020 are trending on Twitter. The hashtag #HealthOverExams has received approximately 120,000 messages as of 11:15 PM, Wednesday.
Some of those tweets are as follows:
This is a very true and real situation that can happen Sir @DrRPNishank Just in the same way people aren’t welcoming migrant labours from Maharashtra, similarly they would let us peacefully return home. Please #postponeneet #HealthOverExams https://t.co/mIX8JbPdJy
— Alingon D’Rozario (@AlingonDRozario) June 10, 2020
#HealthOverExams @DrRPNishank @PMOIndia we respect our leaders… But.. The decision of conducting such a big exams like jee nd neet in this worst situation is absolutely wrong if.. Uh think those who r tweeting here hav’nt prepared for exams then u misunderstood 🙏
— Tarun Ganiger (@GanigerTarun) June 10, 2020
However, NTA has not yet commented on these hashtags going viral. As of now, the exams will be conducted as scheduled. As per the rescheduling done, JEE Main will be conducted from July 18 – July 23, 2020, and NEET 2020 will be conducted on 26th July 2020.