Neet post­poned to Sept. 13, JEE-Mains from Sept. 1-6

The Asian Age - - City -

New Delhi, July 3: The HRD Min­istry on Fri­day post­poned cru­cial med­i­cal and en­gi­neer­ing en­trance ex­ams Neet and JEE to Septem­ber in view of the spike in Covid cases.

The de­ci­sion was taken fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions of a four-mem­ber com­mit­tee set up to re­view the fea­si­bil­ity of con­duct­ing the ex­ams in July.

“Keep­ing in mind the safety of stu­dents and to en­sure qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion we have de­cided to post­pone JEE and Neet ex­am­i­na­tions. JEE-Main examinatio­n will be held be­tween Septem­ber 1-6, while JEE-ad­vanced exam will be held on Septem­ber 27. Neet examinatio­n will be held on Septem­ber 13,” said Union HRD Min­is­ter Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Ni­hank’.

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of a na­tion­wide lock­down to con­tain the spread of the novel coro­n­avirus, the com­pet­i­tive ex­ams for en­gi­neer­ing and med­i­cal ad­mis­sions were first post­poned on May 5.

The med­i­cal en­trance exam Na­tional Eli­gi­bil­i­ty­cum-En­trance Test (Neet) was sched­uled for July 26, while the Joint En­trance Exam (JEE)-Mains for ad­mis­sion to en­gi­neer­ing col­leges was to be held from July 18-23.

JEE-Ad­vanced, which is con­ducted for ad­mis­sion to In­dian In­sti­tutes of Tech­nol­ogy (IITs), was ear­lier sched­uled for Au­gust 23.

Par­ents and stu­dents have been been sign­ing on­line pe­ti­tions and con­duct­ing Twit­ter cam­paigns, re­quest­ing the gov­ern­ment to post­pone the en­gi­neer­ing and med­i­cal en­trance ex­ams as well.

Par­ents of nearly 4,000 NRI stu­dents based in West Asia also filed a pe­ti­tion in the Supreme Court Wed­nes­day de­mand­ing that Neet be post­pone­ment. They noted that there are no exam cen­tres out­side In­dia and in­ter­na­tional travel is still re­stricted due to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

Around nine lakh as­pi­rants have reg­is­tered for the JEE (main) exam, while 16 lakhs have reg­is­tered for the Ne et Un­der­grad­u­ate ex­ams. Rais­ing con­cern over the wors­en­ing of the pan­demic, can­di­dates across the coun­try have been de­mand­ing the post­pone­ment of the ex­ams.

Ac­cord­ing to HRD Min­istry of­fi­cials, the com­mit­tee felt that de­lay­ing the ex­ams was in­evitable since many test cen­tres were lo­cated in con­tain­ment zones and safety of the stu­dents was top pri­or­ity of the gov­ern­ment. The de­lay, how­ever, is likely to im­pact the aca­demic cal­en­dar. Ac­cord­ing to sources, the coun­selling for the two cru­cial ex­ams will be­gin in Oc­to­ber and fresh­ers may be­gin classes by Novem­ber end or De­cem­ber first week. How­ever, a def­i­nite plan has not been drawn yet.

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