Govt ought to take into account college students’ ‘Mann ki baat’ and defer NEET, JEE: Congress

New Delhi, August 23

Top Congress leaders, together with Rahul Gandhi, on Sunday, requested the federal government to defer the all-India medical and engineering entrance examinations bearing in mind the issues raised by a piece of scholars and fogeys amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Rahul Gandhi stated the federal government should take heed to the ‘mann ki baat’ of scholars and arrive at “an acceptable solution” whereas social gathering basic secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra sought the postponement of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) until the coronavirus scenario improved within the nation.

Congress chief in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting that the exams be deferred whereas Kapil Sibal stated these exams wanted to be postponed.

“GOI must listen to the #StudentsKeMannKiBaat about NEET, JEE exams and arrive at an acceptable solution,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

In a tweet in Hindi, Priyanka Gandhi stated: “The COVID-19 situation in the country is yet to normalise. In such a situation, if students who are taking NEET and JEE, and their parents have raised concerns, then these should be taken into consideration by the government and those conducting these exams.”

Chowdhury requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and postpone the exams.

“The aspirants of the national examination are under tremendous mental pressure as to how they could remain immune to the infection while attending the examination physically. Right at this pandemic situation, their concerns should be given due consideration. The spectre of corona will be haunting the students during the examination period stretching from September 1 to 6,” he stated in his letter.

Chowdhury stated when the nation was witnessing a spike of COVID-19 an infection with a single-day rise of 70,000 instances, “I think it is absolutely necessary to review the date of the exam because approximately 25 lakh students are supposed to participate in the exam, hence I thought it prudent to knock the door of the wisdom of Prime Minister of India”.

“Your sagacious intervention may bring about the relief of those anxious aspirants. My suggestion to you Prime Minister is that the examination could be deferred for a certain period till the situation is stable,” he added.

Former HRD Minister Kapil Sibal additionally tweeted: “Stop this injustice. NEET-JEE Entrance Exams. Elitist approach. The poor discriminated. Digital divide. Jeopardising lives. Reaching exam sites hazardous. Poor connectivity and more. Only just, fair and sensible solution is to postpone: NEET, JEE.”

The Supreme Court on Monday had dismissed a plea looking for postponement of JEE (Main) April 2020 and NEET-Undergraduate examinations, that are scheduled to be performed in September, amid a spurt within the variety of COVID-19 instances, saying the valuable yr of scholars “cannot be wasted” and life has to go on.

The JEE (Main) is scheduled to be held between September 1 and 6, whereas the JEE (Advanced) on September 27. The NEET can be held on September 13.

On Friday, Education Ministry officers had stated the JEE (Main) and the NEET-UG can be performed in September as scheduled.

JEE is for admission into premier engineering schools whereas NEET for undergraduate medical programs. PTI

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