Students want Government to postpone NEET and JEE

Namrata Srivastava

After the CBSE cancelled July exams for Class 10 and 12, candidates appearing for national competitive examinations such as NEET and JEE also hoped for the postponement of these tests as well.

Since no such announcements has yet been made by the authorities, students have started flooding social media seeking clarity on the holding of JEE Mains and NEET exams from the government.

Many online petitions have been doing rounds asking the authorities to conduct all entrance examinations only after there is a complete control over the pandemic and the cases are reduced to a negligible number. 

As that is going to take some time, aspirants are advocating that these exams should be postponed till the end of the year.

Simran Srivastava, a NEET aspirant, says, “The situation right now is very dangerous and the number of cases is only increasing. Director of AIIMS has himself stated that seeing the data and current scenario, Covid-19 is going to peak in India in July. Then how can the exams be conducted? No amount of sanitisation will be enough in this scenario, as the virus can stay on the surface. So, even if the authorities clean all desks, the virus can still be passed on while passing on answer sheets. I think these exams should only be conducted after September.”

Meanwhile, Telangana State National Students Union of India (NSUI) has also filed a petition in State High Court, urging the court to order postponement of all entrance examinations conducted by the State Government.

Speaking about the PIL, Mohammed Sohailuddin, the general secretary of NSUI’s Telangana unit, said, “All educational institutions were closed from March 22 in view of the lockdown. Every day, the number of positive cases is increasing in the state, especially in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits and also other districts. This has caused the students mental stress and they are not prepared to write the exams under such circumstances.”

He added, “Many students will have to travel back to Hyderabad from not only other districts, but even other states. This can be very risky, given the current scenario. I hope the honourable High Court postpones all the entrance examinations.”

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