Eminent Persons Appeal Govt To Postpone NEET, JEE 2020 Exam

JEE, NEET 2020: Amid the pandemic, the National Testing Agency is going to conduct JEE and NEET exams next month. JEE Mains and NEET exams are controversial these days and everyone is talking about the exam’s scheduled dates. After the release of the final exam dates in September, huge amounts of tweets have flooded Twitter demanding the Central Government and Prime Minister to take a call over this drastic decision. Though the Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank shared that around 80% percentage of the candidates have already downloaded the admit cards and are ready to appear in the exam. Many politicians, celebrities and known faces have raised their voices after NTA releases final notification. Read out what they have to say regarding JEE & NEET notification.   

On Tuesday, The National Testing Agency has announced that both exams will be conducted on the decided dates in September 2020. Beside requests from state governments, politicians, and activists asked to postpone exams, NTA yesterday released notification for commencement of the exams on dates which were previously declared i.e, JEE Mains to be held from 1st to 6th September and NEET on 13th September. With this announcement, several students and their parents wants to further postpone the entrance exams amid increasing COVID-19 cases.

Actor Sonu Sood, who have been the most popular face during this COVID-19 pandemic seems to support the postponing of JEE, NEET exam. On 26th August, he tweeted, “This is not an examination only for students. It’s and examination for the government too. The Government has an opportunity to excel by postponing #JEE_NEET for 60 days. Make it happen and bring those smile back. Students & Govt. can prepare in this time window. #PostponeJEE_NEET”

In his another tweet, he says “युवा पीढ़ी की ताकत पर हमारा कल है। हमारी जिम्मेदारी है कि इनके जोश को होश के साथ आगे बढ़ा सके।सकारात्मक ताकतों पर लगा सके।अगर युवापन सरकार तक अपनी आवाज पहुंचाने की कोशिश कर रहा है तो क्या गलत कर रहा है। विश्वास है कि संवाद बनेगा और स्टूडेंट के हित में फैसला होगा #PostponeJEE_NEET”

The famous author Chetan Bhagat too took a stand and talked about the depressive situation students are going through in this pandemic. He tweeted “I think a vaccine is around the corner and expected in a few months. Maybe the NEET and JEE could be postponed until then and see the situation in early 2021. Entrance exams cause enough anxiety anyway, adding COVID anxiety to it is not necessary.”

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi also urged the center government to listen to the students and parents demands for taking exam date further. He tweeted “GOI must listen to the #StudentsKeMannKiBaat about #NEET #JEE exams and arrive at an acceptable solution,”

Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy also talked about the need and demand of postponing these entrance tests. In his tweet, he said he had written to the Prime Miniser urging him to take a call on this situation. “I wrote to the Prime Minister. I know the exams are sacred, but the lives of the students are more sacred. You can’t make them take these exams under so much tension. Why can’t they be postponed till after the rainy season? The Ayush Ministry exams have been postponed. In Guwahati, Assam, Bihar, there are flood conditions!” 

MP Swamy tweeted “On the NEET / JEE exams, who will be known in the nation as of “vipreet buddhi” only time will tell.”

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also wrote a letter to the Prime Minister’s office, requesting to move the exam dates further till situations are favorable. In her letter she wrote, “In our last video conference with you, I had been vocal against the UGC guidelines mandating completion of terminal examinations in universities and colleges by the end of Sept 2020, which had a huge potential to put student lives at risk. My point was that this decision had a huge potential to put students’ lives at risk. We should not put any lives in danger during this pandemic period by taking such unilateral bureaucratic decisions.”

INC Spokeperson Jaiveer Shergill raised his voice against JEE, NEET exams that are going to be happen during the COVID-19 and fingerout the BJP government as “Student Virohi” in his tweet. He pointed out BJP as AntiStudentModiGovt by saying BJP does not care about the student’s health.

Bhuvan Bam, the famous Indian YouTuber with 20 million followers also questioned the government that why only the students have to risk their lives when everyone else is granted with work from home. He tweeted, “Are NEET and JEE exams getting postponed? While everyone is required to stay home and work, why to put student life at risk and not wait for the situation to get a bit normal?”

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia also urges the Center to cancel JEE, NEET exam in lieu of coronavirus pandemic. Manish Sisodia to reporters“The government is playing with lives of lakhs of students in name of JEE and NEET. I appeal Centre govt to immediately cancel both exams and adopt an alternative admission process”. He also added, “To think that only exam is a way out of admission is an impractical and conservative thought. When other countries can have admission through different methods other than exams why can’t it be done in India”

The National Testing Agency had already released the admit card for JEE & NEET entrance exam and announced that the arrangements for the entrance exams will be made by keeping safety as the first priority. The JEE Mains will begin from 1st September and will last till 6th September and the NEET exam to take place on September 13. The number of examination centers have been increased to maintain social distancing while attempting the exam.

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