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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday demanded that the Centre postpone the JEE and NEET amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying lakhs of students and their parents are concerned about their health. Gehlot in a video message said the country is flooded with coronavirus cases and there is a problem of transportation and hotels because of the pandemic.
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.
“The centre should take a decision quickly as little is left. The government should not hesitate to postpone the exam. The government should consider the feelings of students and parents. I hope the government will behave sensitively and postpone the exams,” Mr Gehlot said.
On state-level exams which are proposed to be held in Rajasthan, the chief minister said his government is making efforts to ensure that the exams are held while maintaining social distancing.
“Whereas the NEET and JEE are all India level exams and lakhs of students will take the exams. The Centre should take an appropriate decision,” Mr Gehlot said.
On Friday, ministers of six opposition-ruled states also moved the Supreme Court on seeking review of its order permitting the Centre to conduct NEET and JEE amid the persisting pandemic.
The top court on August 17 had refused to interfere with the conduct of medical and engineering entrance exams — NEET and JEE –scheduled to take place in September saying that life must go on and students can’t lose a precious year due to the pandemic.
The JEE (Main) is scheduled to be held between September 1 and 6, while the JEE (Advanced) on September 27. In addition, the NEET will be held on September 13.
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