JEE Main-NEET: Odisha CM Writes To Education Minister, Appeals Postponement of Exams

Even after the Supreme Court has denied any postponement of the engineering and medical exams – JEE Main and NEET.  The debate is still on on holding the entrance exams during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shivani Arora

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Published on 25 Aug 2020 11:32 AM GMT

JEE Main-NEET: Odisha CM Writes To Education Minister, Appeals Postponement of Exams
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Even after the Supreme Court has denied any postponement of the engineering and medical exams – JEE Main and NEET. The debate is still on on holding the entrance exams during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday wrote to Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ demanding postponement of NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020 exams.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik:

“In view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country, it would be highly unsafe and perilous for the students to appear in these tests,” Mr Patnaik said.

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In a letter to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the chief minister said, there are over 50,000 aspirants from Odisha for the NEET and JEE (Main) this year.

"However, the NTA has opened examination centres for the said tests in only seven townships of the state," he said.

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“Odisha has got vast tribal pockets having geographically inaccessible areas...the students of these areas may be deprived of appearing in these tests, as they will have to travel long distances to come to the examination centres,” Mr Patnaik said in his letter to the Education Minister.

"In view of the above, it is requested that the ensuing JEE (Main) and NEET examinations scheduled to be held in the first fortnight of September, 2020 may be postponed to a later date to ensure the safety and security of the students," the chief minister said.

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JEE Main and NEET 2020:

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday took a dig on the central government and urged it to listen to the “Students’ Ke Mann Ki Baat” about NEET, JEE exams.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appealed to the Centre to postpone the exams due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation.

Bihar’s Chirag Paswan And Tejashwi Yadav had previously posted on social media. About the unfavourable conditions of conducting JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 examinations amid COVID-19 and the flood situation in the state.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, had suggested alternative arrangements for admission to engineering and medical programmes as conducting exams amid a pandemic is not favourable.

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The JEE (Main) is scheduled to be held between September 1 and 6, while the JEE (Advanced) on September 27. The NEET will be held on September 13.

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