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MHRD Forms Panel To Review Situation On Conducting JEE Main, Seeks Response By Tomorrow

After multiple tweets and requests from the students, the HRD Ministry has given some relief to the students. Considering the prevailing situation and floods of requests from parents and students, MHRD has set up a committee consisting of Director General of NTA and other experts. This committee will assess the situation for appearing for JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. HRD Ministry seeks response on this by tomorrow i.e. 3rd July 2020. This date is also being anticipated as the date for the release of JEE Main Admit Cards.

Announcement of forming this panel was tweeted in a video message by Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. He addressed the students, parents and teachers, who have been requesting a response for several days due to the rising COVID-19 cases. He also said that after the recommendations from the committee, a decision on postponing or conducting JEE Main, as well as NEET, will be taken.

Students were mostly happy about this response as it was their first victory on the regular online protests. More than 2.5 lakh tweets have been posted on #NoExamsInCovid and the most recent trend on twitter was #RIPNTA on the ‘dead’ response on this situation.

Approximately, 11 lakh students will be appearing for JEE Main 2020. Three papers are to be conducted within a period of 1 week, with two shifts daily. Around 2.5 lakh students qualifying JEE Main will also be required to appear for JEE Advanced in order to get admission to IITs. What do you think the government is going to decide? Post your comments below.

Students Want JEE Main Postponed, Education Minister Says No Change In Dates

COVID-19 is not going to slow down anytime soon. Daily new cases reached a new high of close to 20,000 recently. Considering the risks, CBSE cancelled the boards for Class 10th and 12th. CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test) has also been postponed until an unannounced date. For class 12th boards, it has been clarified that students will have the option to take the cancelled exams to improve their score. However, CBSE shall conduct the exams only when the conditions are favourable. Students are asking to consider this as a precedent and postpone JEE Main 2020 as well.

Each and every tweet by Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and National Testing Agency (NTA) is flooded with replies requesting postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET (UG) 2020. On 26th June 2020, in an interview with Zee News, Mr Pokhriyal stated that JEE Main 2020 is scheduled for 18th to 23rd July only. Any further decision on the dates of JEE Main will be taken in accordance with the circumstances in future. This statement comes when there is less than a month left for JEE Main 2020 amid the rising coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, students are still tweeting with hashtags #NoExamsInCovid and #PostponeJEE

Students and parents are concerned about their safety as the coronavirus poses a great risk of infection in large crowds. Moreover, some students have lost their family members to this disease. This has affected the mental health of students and they are not in a position to attempt the exam due to stress or depression. MHRD and NTA have not issued any clarification or any official announcement on the dates of JEE Main 2020. All social media channels are being used to seek answers from the authorities regarding postponing the aforesaid exam to safeguard students from the fatal COVID-19.

It is to be noted that around 11 lakh candidates have registered for JEE Main 2020 which will be conducted in 233 cities and in over 2000 exam centres. Although the exam is scheduled under various shifts over a period of one week, a large gathering of students can post a great risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The bigger risk is infection from children to their parents as COVID-19 is more fatal in older aged patients.

Currently, JEE Main has been postponed by over 3 months from April to July 2020 amid the outbreak of COVID-19. Along with this, JEE Advanced 2020 was also postponed and is now scheduled for 23rd August 2020. Postponing the second session of JEE Main 2020 poses questions over the validity of the January session of JEE Main as well. Students are worried about their health, but what could be the outcome of losing 1 year of education?

CBSE Boards Cancelled, Students Request The Same For JEE Main 2020

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.

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.

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.

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!

#NoExamsInCovid Trending On Twitter, JEE Main Exam Dates Anticipated To Be Pushed Further

A large number of students, parents and guardians have been requesting National Testing Agency (NTA) and HRD Ministry for the postponement of JEE Main exam dates. The Supreme Court’s hearing is scheduled for Tuesday (23rd June) over a petition filed by parents. They are requesting the government to cancel the class 12th CBSE examinations. After the central govt’s reply, the HRD Ministry and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare might be pushing the JEE Main and other exam dates further upon reviewing the prevailing situation of the COVID crisis.

Meanwhile, students and meme pages started trending #NoExamsInCovid on Twitter. A large number of students from class 10th, 12th and even college students are requesting authorities to either cancel the exams or push the exam dates further. The National Students Union of India supported this trend and has already made a breakthrough. Madhya Pradesh government has allowed general promotion of UG and PG students of state government colleges.

There has been a chorus of voices amid the COVID-19 crisis on conducting exams. Previously, hashtags like #HealthOverExams and #StudentsLivesMatter has been trending on Twitter too. The trend picked up pace when upon the reports of the apex court’s hearing of the petition filed by parents. While some students are worried about the spread of Coronavirus upon conducting the exam at large, some are under mental pressure due to families being treated with COVID-19. There are multiple students who have someone close in their family being treated for COVID-19 which has hampered their studies.

Almost every tweet of Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, the Education Minister of India, gathers replies on postponing the JEE Main 2020, NEET 2020 and other exams. The JEE Main exam is currently scheduled for 18th to 23rd July 2020 which is still a month away. The number of COVID-19 cases in India has recently crossed 4.4 lacs with each successive day breaking the record of the daily cases.