Amidst the rise in coronavirus in the country the Central government has decided to postpone the national level medical and engineering exams. The decision was taken after a panel, which was formed to decide the feasibility of conducting medical entrance exam NEET and engineering exam JEE Main in July . The panel has recommended to reschedule the exams as it’s highly risky to conduct the exams at the prevailing condition. The exams will be held in September now.
The NEET exams will be held on September 13 while the JEE Main examinations will be conducted between September 1 and September 6. JEE Advanced or IIT JEE will be held September 27.
“Keeping in mind the safety of students and to ensure quality education we have decided to postpone #JEE & #NEET examinations. JEE Main examination will be held between 1st-6th Sept, JEE advanced exam will be held on 27th Sept & NEET examination will be held on 13th Sept,” the Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” tweeted.
The HRD Ministry move came after parents and students raised concerns about conducting the exams in July, when COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly.
Students have been signing online petitions and pursuing Twitter campaigns, and requesting the government to postpone the engineering and medical entrance exams. Parents of nearly 4,000 NRI students based in West Asia also filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding that the NEET exam be postponed as international travel restrictions are still there.