While the education experts are demanding zero year owing to the pandemic which doesn’t to settle down anytime soon, National Testing Agency (NTA) on Tuesday dropped a bombshell leaving the student community divided.
Snubbing aside the increasing demands to postpone all-India exams for engineering and medical courses, NTA announced that the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for admission to the Indian Institute of Technology and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical courses are scheduled to be held next month.
As per the announcement made, JEE (main) will be held from September 1 to 6, 2020 while NEET (UG) exams will take place on September 13, 2020. This decision has left the students, parents and state governments in splits amidst growing demands to postpone the exams.
However, education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has defended the centre’s move to push ahead as a result of “constant pressure from parents and students”. Speaking in an interview, Nishank stated that 80 per cent students of 7.30 lakh aspirants have already downloaded the hall tickets. The students were very worried. In their minds they were thinking for how long will they continue to study?” he added.
On the other hand, various state Chief Ministers have already written to the Prime Minister asking for the Centre to file a review petition in the Supreme Court against its order to conduct Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in September. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik are among the few leaders who urged the government to rethink about the decision taken.