NEET, JEE 2020 exam postponed till September.
The HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announces the decision to postpone NEET and JEE 2020 exams until September. The decision of postponing the entrance exams comes days after CBSE announced the cancellation of 10th and 12th board exams. The HRD Ministry has postponed the entrance exams in the wake of rising Covid19 cases.
While the JEE Mains exam was scheduled to take place between July 18-23, the medical entrance exam NEET was scheduled on July 26. JEE Advance which comes after JEE Mains also stands postponed until September. Earlier it was going to take place on August 23.
As per Ramesh Pokhriyal’s announcement, the JEE Mains examination will now be held between September 1-6. JEE Advance examination will take place on September 27 and NEET will take place on September 13. The HRD Ministry formed a panel to take a decision on the pending entrance exams.
“Keeping in mind the safety of students and to ensure quality education we have decided to postpone #JEE & #NEET examinations. JEE Main examination will take place between 1st-6th Sept. JEE advanced exam will take place on 27th Sept & NEET examination will take place on 13th Sept,” tweets Ramesh Pokhriyal.
HRD Ministry Panel.
To check the feasibility to conduct the entrance exams the HRD Ministry formed a panel. National Testing Agency and other experts were advised by the HRD Ministry to review the situation and submit their recommendations by Friday.
“Looking at the prevailing circumstances and requests from students & parents appearing for JEE and NEET examinations, a committee consisting of officials from the National Testing Agency (NTA) and other experts was set up. The committee was asked to review the situation and submit its recommendations latest by Friday,” said Ramesh Pokhriyal on Thursday.
This year a lot of competitive exams as well as school and college level exams have to face postponement. The worst impact of Covid19 is on the education sector. Postponing the exams will impact over 25 lakhs students. Approximately 16 lakh students registered to take up the NEET exam this year and 9 lakh for JEE.
Parents-Children File Petition.
Many students and their parents have been signing petitions to pursue the government to cancel the examinations. #CancelExamination is trending on social media ever since the surge in Covid19 cases in India. Around 4000 NRI parents from West Asia have filed a plea in the Supreme Court demanding for postponement of NEET examinations.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created a challenge as far as conducting exams is concerned and in India, the scale is huge. Therefore, for the future, NTA is looking at building capacity for holding online exams, which candidates can take from their homes,” says an official.
The novel coronavirus is having a devastating impact on the students. The decision of postponing of exams has left many students anxious. Academicians worry about the effect it will have on the already delayed academic year.