The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik wrote to the Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Tuesday seeking to postpone the NEET and JEE Main 2020 exams. The issue regarding whether to conduct the NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020 exams are still going on despite the increase in the COVID-19 pandemic. In such a situation, Odisha CM demanded the Education Minister regarding the postponement of the national level entrance exams.
Earlier, the concerned authorities have scheduled to organize the aforesaid exams in September 2020. Odisha Chief Minister said, ‘In view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country, it would be highly unsafe and perilous for the students to appear in these tests.’ Every year, National Testing Agency [NTA] conducts the JEE Main and NEET exams to provide admission into various medical and technical courses across the nation. This year, NTA has scheduled to conduct JEE Main 2020 exam between 1st and 6th September. On the other hand, it has decided to hold the NEET 2020 exam on 13th September.
This year, about 50000 candidates from Odisha have registered and will take up the NEET exam while 40000 students will appear in JEE Main 2020 exam. In a letter to the Education Minister, Odisha CM wrote, ‘However, the NTA has opened examination centers for the said tests in only seven townships of the state.’ He further stated that the transportation system has been interrupted in the state due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Patnaik said, ‘Besides, as frequent lockdowns are being enforced by the district administrations due to sudden rise of COVID-19 cases locally, local transportation gets disrupted too.’
The minister also mentioned in the letter that several inaccessible locations in Odisha are very far from the urban centers in the state. In such a situation, the students residing in those inaccessible areas couldn’t appear for the exams. Considering the above circumstances, the minister asked to postpone the NEET 2020 and JEE Main exams to a later date ensuring the students’ safety.
He further suggested the National Testing Agency to set up exam venues in and across all the 30 districts of the state. This helps the students to reach the exam centers easily and go back home on the same day without any hassle. This eventually ensures maximum participation of the examinees in the entrance tests. Several students across the nation have been asking the Government to postpone the NEET 2020 and JEE Main exams amid the raising concerns of COVID-19 pandemic. It’s not just the students but, some of the political leaders have been urging the Central Government to consider the students’ request.
Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal CM, Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader, Deputy CM of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, and some other political leaders have supported students saying that it is not safe to hold exams in this COVID-19 crisis. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest educational updates across the nation.