Many students have demanded JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 postponement, in response to a social media post from June 18 in which the Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said that the priority of the government is students’ health and quality education. Students have expressed their unwillingness to sit for Joint Entrance Examination Main, or JEE Main 2020, and The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Under Graduate, or NEET 2020, citing safety concerns amidst rising number of COVID-19 cases in India. However, no decision regarding postponement of the medical and engineering entrance exams has been taken yet. JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 are scheduled in the month of July, 2020.
On June 18, Mr. Pokhriyal conducted a review meeting with secretaries of School Education And Literacy Department, Higher Education Department; and chairpersons of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), University Grants Commission (UGC), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and the director general of the National Testing Agency (NTA). This was the second review meeting between the minister and top education officials of the country where “various issues” related to education during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic were discussed.
However, the minister’s assurance does not seem to convince students as many have demanded postponement or cancellation of NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020, in response to the minister’s tweet.
“If it is true that sir is committed to students’ health then he will take the right decision to postpone NEET 2020,” one social media post in response to Mr. Pokhriyal said.