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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.
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- 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.