Students across India started the social media campaign #PostponeJEE_NEETSept, on the same day when the Supreme court of India heard pleas against the guidelines of UGC. This social campaign was started with the objective of shifting the dates of medical entrance exams and engineering.
The JEE Mian 2020, is scheduled for the students from September 1 to September 6, 2020 whereas the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Undergraduate, or NEET 2020, is scheduled on September 13.
Although, the students are demanding for rescheduling of JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020, National Testing Agency has stated that there is no change in the schedule of both entrance exams yet. The conducting body of the both entrance exams is set to be renamed as the Ministry of Education.
On Friday, the Supreme Court had asked the conducting body to clarify its thoughts on the final year exam. As soon as the top court’s decision was done, demand for postponing the engineering and medical entrance exams started on social media.
Sandeep Saurav, who is the National General Secretary of the All India Students’ Association (AISA), stated on social media that during this Covid-19, exams in any form are a big threat .
Ramesh Pokhriyal, who is the HRD Minister also said that the health and safety of the students is priority of the government.
“With growing cases of Covid-19 in India, the government is looking forward to conduct exams instead of trying to put a full stop to the pandemic. It’s high time when the government should put a question mark about students safety and start working in the best interest of students,” says Anulekha Boosa, National Secretary of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI).
One of the student also shared a caricature which shows the threat which prevails among students during COVID-19. Requesting the government not to turn this into reality for Indian students.
On the other hand, Karnataka Common Entrance Test, or KCET 2020, was conducted on July 31,2020. Among the 1.47 lakh students, there were 60 COVID-19 positive students who gave exam.