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The Director-General of NTA, Dr Vineet Joshi, has assured students in a live interview with DD News that entrance exams like JEE Main 2020 will be conducted in a ‘safe and secure’ manner. He has also said that a detailed plan has been set to conduct the JEE Main and NEET entrance exams.
Even though JEE Main Admit Card 2020 has been released for candidates, there have been requests to postpone the exam from various state governments. Students can download their JEE Main Admit Card from jeemain.nta.nic.in. NTA has also released the NEET 2020 Admit Card on 26th August.
A total of 7.41 lakh candidates out of 8.58 lakh have downloaded the admit cards. Only 332 candidates have requested for change of their centre cities, which are being considered positively. #JEENEET pic.twitter.com/DTzvORkNgn
— DD News (@DDNewslive) August 26, 2020
How Well Is NTA Prepared?
As per the official statement by NTA, 7.41 lakh candidates have downloaded their respective JEE Main Admit Card. Almost 8.58 lakh candidates have registered for the April/September 2020 session.
- In the official press release, NTA also clarified that the number of JEE Main Exam Centres have been increased many folds from 570 to 660. The number of shifts has also been increased from 8 to 12 which has reduced the number of test-takers in each shift.
- As per the official figures, JEE Main 2020 has 120 candidates and each centre instead of 234 last year.
Mr Joshi quoted various points of COVID-19 Safety Protocols for JEE Main 2020 issued by NTA in the interview. He said that further postponement of the entrance exams will hamper the academic year for many students.
He also mentioned about the Odd-Even Rule to be followed at JEE Main Exam Halls. The seating arrangement will be in a manner that students of each shift will sit on alternate systems. Further, first shift candidates will be seated on odd-numbered systems while second shift candidates will be seated on even-numbered systems. This will ensure that on a single day, no two candidates use the same computers.
Here’s the full interview of Dr Vineet Joshi-
The staff and other officials of NTA have been preparing to implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) at the exam centres properly. The JEE Main 2020 Admit Cards will work as travel passes for containment zones.
However, it is yet to see how many students will actually take the JEE Main entrance exam during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of COVID-19 cases reached a new high of 75,000+ on Thursday with total cases soaring to 33 lakhs in India.
The voices of students are rising as the dates for the JEE Main 2020 approaches closer. Now 4 state governments have written to the central government in view of rising COVID-19 cases and thus, postponing the JEE, NEET entrance exams.
Currently, JEE Main 2020 April/September session is scheduled for 1st to 6th September 2020. NTA has also released the JEE Main Admit Card 2020 for candidates with COVID-19 Advisory/Safety Protocols to follow.
- Till now, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi had supported the view that JEE Main and NEET 2020 must be postponed due to rising COVID-19 cases.
- Adding to the list, Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik also wrote a letter to Education Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal. He asked him to postpone the two entrance exams in India.
As per the latest reports, Sonia Gandhi will also hold a meeting with key ministers including Mamta Banerjee to discuss the issues relating to postponement of JEE Main & NEET exams amid to COVID-19 pandemic. Many other chief ministers have been invited to this meeting.
- #SATYAGRAHAAgainstExamInCovid Trends on Twitter, 4000 Students Go On Hunger Strike
- NTA Releases JEE Main 2020 Exam Schedule, B.Tech/B.E. Paper From 2nd to 6th September
Bashing the requests, NTA had issued a Press Release on August 21 saying that the exams will be conducted with proper SOPs and safety protocols. NTA clarified that students have been provided the facility to change exam centres 5 times since March 2020.
Since then many political leaders, actors and activists have asked for postponing the JEE Main and NEET entrance exams. The most recent requests were from the actor Sonu Sood and renowned young environmentalist, Greta Thunberg.
Here’s the tweet by Greta Thunberg–
It’s deeply unfair that students of India are asked to sit national exams during the Covid-19 pandemic and while millions have also been impacted by the extreme floods. I stand with their call to #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 25, 2020
And here’s what Sonu Sood requested Education Minister and PM Modi-
It’s my request to government of India, to postpone the #Neet/#JEE exams in the current situation of the country! In the given #COVID19 situation, we should care utmost & not risk the lives of students! #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID@EduMinOfIndia @PMOIndia
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) August 25, 2020
BJPs Subramaniam Swamy has also supported the cause and asked the central government to postpone JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020.
When I said NEET exams postponement, I meant postponement of all similar Entrance Exams like JEE, etc ! https://t.co/oSEB9thJLA
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) August 21, 2020
Among politicians, Mamta Banerjee asked the government to postpone JEE Main and NEET exams until the situation is conducive again.
Now with the directive of @EduMinOfIndia to conduct NEET, JEE 2020 in Sep, I would again appeal to the Centre to assess the risk and postpone these examinations until the situation is conducive again. It is our duty to ensure a safe environment for all our students. (2/2)
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 24, 2020
Students have been tweeting with hashtags #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID and asking the education minister to postpone the exams. The exams are only 5 days away. Students are anxious whether exams will be finally conducted or if it will be postponed again. What do you think? Comment below.
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.