In a virtual meet, West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, has suggested that all state governments must approach the Supreme Court to postpone the exam for the time being. The meeting was called by congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. It was conducted in the afternoon, to discuss the issue of holding NEET and JEE Main examination next month amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, CM Banerjee also wrote to the PM, Narendra Modi, to appeal against the Supreme Court order for holding the JEE and NEET examinations during the COVID-19 in September.
She wrote in the letter “I am aware that the Hon’ble Supreme Court has given a verdict on holding JEE/NEET examinations and the central government has been issuing instructions to go ahead with it accordingly. However, I would like to request for your kind intervention and to consider the central government making an appeal to the Hon’ble apex court to review its decision in the interest of the student community, so that they are free from mental agony and mental disaster.”
There has been concerns from the state about transportation, staying facilities like the hotels, and more. Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said that “We will have to start the transportation system, open hostels, buildings to conduct exams, and under Covid-19 lockdown this is difficult.”
However, BJP’s Amit Malviya have argued differently saying tweeting the following:
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As per a few reports, students will be also going on protest at their respective homes by raising black flags, tie black bands on arm or forehead, wear black masks, turn their profile pictures black, tomorrow on August 27, 2020.
Activists, educationalists, artists, students, parents, politicians, experts from all walks of life have been singing the same song since the past few days. Until now only one vague report from official of Home Minister has surfaced about rethinking the dates of JEE Main and NEET 2020.
However, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has said that the decision to hold NEET, JEE Main 2020 exams was due to “constant pressure from parents and students”.
JEE Main 2020 will be held on September 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, 2020. On the other hand NEET 2020 will be held on September 13. The Education Ministry has also cleared its stand by informing that they are conducting the exam because they were also under a lot of pressure from parents who wanted examinations to be held as soon as possible.
Also, further delay in JEE Main or NEET will push back admission session further.