The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains and National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) examinations became a matter of concern for several students, state governments.
Since the National Test Agency (NTA) announced JEE Mains and NEET in September, it has become an outrageous topic for all.
While many political leaders of opposition, chief ministers of non BJP states and students protested and demanded to postpone the exams, academicians urged to conduct the exams without any delay.
Over 150 academicians from various universities in India and abroad have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging to conduct the exams as delaying the medical and engineering entrance would mean compromising the future of students.
The letter written to Mr. Modi read, “Some are trying to play with (the) future of students to propel their own political agenda” It further read, “Youths and students are the future of the nation but in 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. ”
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.”
The letter concluded with, “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.”
The letter was sent unanimously from academicians of several universities. Some of them include academicians from the Delhi University, IGNOU, Lucknow University, JNU, BHU, IIT Delhi and Indian academicians from foreign universities such as University of London, University of California, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben Gurion University, Israel.
This year approximately 25 lakh students would appear for the two entrance examinations. Nearly 9.53 lakh students would appear for JEE Mains and 15.97 lakh students for NEET UG 2020.
The letter was written after Sonia Gandhi, the interim President of the Indian National Congress also convened an open meeting with chief ministers of seven INC led states.
The meeting concluded with a decision to move the Apex Court and file a petition against the conduct of the two entrance exams.
Meanwhile, according to sources, on the 26th of August, nearly 14 lakh admit cards for the medical and engineering entrance exams NEET and JEE were downloaded.
The JEE Mains is scheduled from the 1st of September to the 6th of September and the NEET is planned on the 13th of September.
Stay tuned for further updates.