Chorus grows for suspending entrance exams amid COVID-19 pandemic

New Delhi, August 23

The refrain for suspending numerous examinations, together with the NEET and the JEE, grew louder on Sunday with over 4,000 college students observing a day-long starvation strike to press for the demand in view of rising COVID-19 instances.

The protest got here on a day Congress chief Rahul Gandhi mentioned the federal government should hearken to the ‘mann ki baat’ of scholars and arrive at “an acceptable solution” and his occasion demanded that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) be deferred.

According to the leftist All-India Students Association (AISA), over 4,200 college students noticed the day-long starvation strike at their respective residence demanding that CBSE compartment exams of Classes 10 and 12 be cancelled and entrance exams such because the UGC-NET, CLAT, NEET and JEE be postponed.

Using the hashtag, SATYAGRAHagainstExamInCovid, many college students additionally took to Twitter to attraction to the federal government to heed to their calls for.

Manoj S, a JEE aspirant from Karnataka, mentioned: “We have to report to the JEE exam centre at 7 am. My centre is almost 150 kilometres away and there are no train or bus services available currently. Many of my friends have said that their centres are 200 to 250 kilometres away. How are we supposed to travel? How will we write exams wearing masks for seven to eight hours?”

He urged the federal government to postpone the exams until normalcy is restored.

Anisha, hailing from Odisha, mentioned with all of the accommodations and visitor homes closed, the place would they keep in case they should journey for exams.

“I am from Balasore and my NEET exam centre is in Bhubaneswar. I will have to travel for five hours to take my exam. There are no hotels or guesthouses that are open. Where will we stay?” she mentioned.

Siddh Dutt, who might be showing for the CBSE compartment examination, mentioned: “I am an asthma patient. I am scared of what may happen to me if I catch COVID-19.”

Madhurima, who mentioned she has to take 4 totally different entrance exams, needs authorities to hearken to her attraction — “Please produce a vaccine so that we can take exams. I am a JEE, IISER, DUET aspirant and also have to take another entrance exam,” she mentioned.

Md Danish Khan from Bhagalpur in Bihar mentioned he has been “allotted an exam centre in Patna, which is a COVID-19 hotspot”.

“I do not want to risk the lives of my relatives by staying at their place when I go to take the exam. I also stay in a joint family and if I contract the virus, it will create a chain of infection,” he added.

A Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) aspirant from Kolkata, who requested anonymity, mentioned she fears for her dad and mom’ security throughout this time.

“My father is a diabetic and my mother just had an operation for a tumour. Even if they go to drop me to the exam centre using public transport, I will be putting them at risk. The government is not ready to listen to us. We will have to sit and write the exams wearing masks, gloves and headgear under hot weather conditions,” she mentioned.

Other college students additionally shared comparable woes and urged the federal government to postpone entrance exams and declare the educational 12 months as a “zero year”.

The AISA lent solidarity to the calls for of the scholars.

A day in the past, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had appealed to the central authorities to cancel medical and engineering entrance exams JEE and NEET in view of the COVID-19 scenario.

He additionally mentioned another admission methodology must be used this 12 months and the exams shouldn’t be carried out.

On Friday, Education Ministry officers had mentioned the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) and the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) might be carried out in September as scheduled.

Universities and colleges throughout the nation have been closed since March 16 when the Centre introduced a national classroom shutdown as a part of measures to include the COVID-19 outbreak. A nationwide lockdown was introduced on March 24, which got here into impact the following day and threw financial actions out of drugs.

India’s COVID-19 tally sprinted previous the 30-lakh mark on Sunday, simply 16 days after it crossed 20 lakh whereas 22,80,566 individuals have recuperated within the nation up to now pushing the restoration charge to 74.90 per cent, in line with the Union Health Ministry information. PTI

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