Further delay in conducting JEE, NEET will compromise college students’ future: Over 150 academicians to PM

New Delhi, August 27

Over 150 academicians from numerous universities in India and overseas have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that delaying the medical and engineering entrance exams — JEE-Mains and NEET — any additional will imply compromising the way forward for college students.

Referring to the rising refrain in opposition to conducting these exams in September in view of the rising COVID-19 instances, the academicians mentioned of their letter: “Some are trying to play with future of students to propel their own political agenda.”

“The youths and students are the future of the nation but in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, clouds of uncertainty have gathered over their careers too. There are a lot of apprehensions about admission and classes which need to be resolved at the earliest,” they’ve mentioned of their letter.

Like yearly, this yr, too, hundreds of thousands of scholars had handed their Class 12 exams and have been now ready at house to eagerly take the following step, the letter mentioned.

“The government has announced the dates for JEE-Mains and NEET…any further delay in conducting the exams will result in the waste of a precious year for students. The dreams and future of our youth and students cannot be compromised at any cost. However, some are trying to play with the future of our students simply to propel their own political agenda and oppose the government,” it mentioned.

The signatories embody academicians from the Delhi University, IGNOU, Lucknow University, JNU, BHU, IIT Delhi and Indian academicians from overseas universities such because the University of London, University of California, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben Gurion University, Israel, amongst others.

“We strongly believe that the Central Government will successfully conduct the JEE and NEET exams taking full precautions to ensure that the future of students is taken care of and the academic calendar for 2020-21 is rolled out,” it added.

Over 14 lakh admit playing cards for the medical and engineering entrance exams — NEET and JEE — have been downloaded after the National Testing Agency (NTA) launched them on Wednesday, whilst the difficulty was mentioned extensively throughout a gathering of chief ministers of non-BJP dominated states who determined to collectively transfer the Supreme Court to hunt deferment of those exams.

The situation, which has been a matter of intense public discourse for the previous few months, has evoked contrasting views with many backing the holding of the exams arguing that not doing so would end in a ‘zero academic year’ for college students whereas the Opposition and a bit of activists demanding their postponement in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The situation additionally took political undertones on Wednesday with Opposition leaders attacking the Central Government.

While the NEET is scheduled to be held on September 13, engineering entrance examination JEE Main has been deliberate from September 1 to six. Around 9.53 lakh candidates have registered for JEE-Mains and 15.97 lakh college students have registered for NEET.

These exams have already been deferred twice within the wake of the pandemic.

JEE-Main was initially purported to be held from April 7 to 11 however postponed to July 18 to 23, NEET-UG was initially scheduled for May 3, then pushed to July 26.

They have been postponed once more and at the moment are scheduled in September. PTI

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