Amid growing clamour for postponement of NEET and JEE Main exam, several academicians from various universities in India and abroad are in favour of conducting the entrance exams. Jawaharlal Nehru University the Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar has also supported the decision taken by the Education Ministry to conduct the exams.
The NEET and JEE exams should be held as planned in September as their postponement will lead to “further anxiety” among students, the Vice-Chancellor said.
The JEE (Main) is scheduled to be held between 1 and 6 September, while the NEET will be held on 13 September. The admit cards of both the exams have already been released by the NTA.
“Even the Supreme Court has said that ‘life must go on’ and students ‘cannot waste a whole year’,” he posted on Twitter.
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh said student representatives of some universities, including Hyderabad Central University, Aligarh Muslim University and JNU, have written to the National Testing Agency over issues pertaining to the recently declared exam date of UGC NET, as reported by news agency.
“We request the authorities to address the logistical issues, before going ahead with the exam,” she tweeted.
Students and parents pressuring government to hold JEE and NEET: Pokhriyal
Furthermore, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on 26 August said that students and parents were pressuring the government to conduct the NEET and JEE entrance exams. “Students and guardians constantly put pressure on us to conduct the examinations,” Ramesh Pokhriyal said.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Manish Sisodia, Naveen Pattanaik and several other politicians have tweeted against JEE and NEET being conducted amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
INC to hold nationwide protests against Center’s decision on 28 August
Indian National Congress(INC) has announced nationwide protests against center’s decision to hold JEE-NEET exams during coronavirus pandemic. On 28 August, party workers will hold a protest outside central government offices in all district headquarters. In view of the pandemic, the protest will also be online through social media platforms. INC Party General Secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal said that lakhs of students and parents from across the country are rightfully agitating and demanding to postpone the JEE-NEET exams, scheduled to be held in the middle of the ever-burgeoning COVID-19 crisis.
In line with concerted opposition to this mindless and dictatorial move of the Central Government, PCCs will be holding protests on 28 August, 2020, at 11 am in front of central government offices at state and district headquarters. They will oppose the decision of the government to hold these exams during the pandemic.
All these protest gatherings will take place following strict social distancing protocols issued by the respective health and civic authorities.
Standoff over postponement demand continues, 7 CMs to move SC
With the government not budging from its stand on the holding of JEE Main and NEET exams in September, the stand-off with the students continues. Now, six states and a union territory will petition the Supreme Court against the holding of JEE and NEET exams from 1 September, flagging concerns of risks due to COVID infection and seeking a postponement till the situation improves. The seven include four governed by INC (Punjab, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Puducherry), two where the party is in alliance (Maharashtra and Jharkhand) and West Bengal where Mamata Banerjee is in office.