New Delhi: The Education Ministry has asked the National Testing Agency (NTA) to submit recommendations on holding the engineering and medical entrance examination, JEE Mains and NEET 2020.
NTA has been asked by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry to look into the prevailing COVID-19 situation as well as at requests received from students and parents appearing for JEE and NEET and submit their recommendation by Friday, July 3.
“Looking at the prevailing circumstances and requests received from students appearing for JEE and NEET examinations, a committee consisting of @DG_NTA and other experts has been advised to review the situation and submit its recommendations to @HRDMinistry latest by tomorrow,” the education minister has tweeted.
While JEE exam is scheduled to be held between July 19 and July 23, NEET exam is scheduled for July 26. A total of more than 30 lakh students are confused about whether the exams will be held on the scheduled dates since the number of Covid-19 cases in India has crossed 6 lakhs.
Students, parents and other concerned people have taken to Twitter and the hashtag #RIPNTA has been retweeted more than 314.8k times in the past 24 hours making it one of the top trends in India.
“I have understood your concerns and we are trying our best to find a solution for the problem as soon as possible,” said the HRD minister in his statement.
According to a report by Times Now, a plea has been filed in the Supreme Court by the parents of NEET 2020 candidates from the Middle East countries as well.
As per the report the parents have demanded that new centres be allotted to the students or to postpone the exams for the students from Doha, Qatar, Dubai, UAE and other Middle East countries. The PIL states that it would be extremely difficult for candidates to come to India to appear for the exams.
“I know there is a lot going on in our country but the government should also think about us, the children who are appearing for NEET and JEE. We are confused about whether to prepare for the exams or not, and whether all this will be postponed or not,” says Delhi-based student Stuti Pandey to a renowned publication.
“We would like to know what the government thinking as sooner as possible….” she adds.
The CBSE Board and the ICSE Board have already announced the cancellation of Class 10 and Class 12 exams. The decision by the CBSE and the ICSE Board was made due to the rising cases of coronavirus across the country.
We can only hope that that commission with National Testing Agency and other experts will come to the correct decision by either postponing or cancelling the JEE exam and NEET exams scheduled to be held in July amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.