The demand for postponement of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main and National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) is increasing.
The Ministry of Education announced that JEE and NEET will be conducted as per schedule in September.
Read on to find out more…
Why Should The Exams Get Postponed?
The obvious reason for the demand for postponement of JEE and NEET examinations is the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the health-risks it will pose for the students.
BJP leader, Subramanian Swamy has given 13 reasons for the postponement of the exams this year.
He said, “It is naïve to justify by saying ‘when will condition improve to normal’. One cannot the risk of the lives of students at the cost of conducting an exam under the current situation.”
He also said that it is dangerous and careless to think the students are mentally and physically prepared to take these exams.
What Will Happen If Exams Get Postponed?
The admission process for medical and engineering courses in the country depends on JEE and NEET examinations.
The deferring of the JEE and NEET examinations has already happened twice this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
If the examinations get further delayed, the number of applicants appearing next year will double. This will further increase chaos and lead to a huge hassle.
What Do the Academicians Have To Say?
Earlier this week, around 150 academicians wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that delaying the entrance exams any further will mean compromising on the future of students.
Referring to the growing unrest in the country against conducting the exams they said, “Some are trying to play with future of students to propel their own political agenda.”
The letter read, “The government has announced the dates for JEE-Mains and NEET…any further delay in conducting the exams will result in waste of 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.”
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan backed the government’s decision to conduct examinations this year itself. ANI quoted Chouhan saying, “NEET and JEE examinations must be conducted on time so that one year of our students doesn’t get wasted. It is about their future.”
Meanwhile, on August 18, 6 ministers of opposition-ruled states have filed a review plea with Supreme Court for its order permitting the Centre to conduct NEET and JEE this year amidst the ongoing pandemic.