JEE, NEET Exams Should Not Be Deferred Further: Academicians To PM Modi


New Delhi: More than 150 academicians from different universities — both India and abroad — have expressed their reservations about further delaying of the JEE & NEET exams 2020. They have jointly written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying deferment of the medical and engineering entrance exams — JEE-Mains and NEET — any further would mean compromising students’ future.

The academicians said in their letter, “Some are trying to play with future of students to propel their own political agenda.”

“Youths and students are the future of the nation but in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, clouds of uncertainty have gathered over their careers too. There are lot of apprehensions about admission and classes which need to be resolved at the earliest,” the letter mentioned.

The letter said that millions of students have cleared Class XII and are gearing up for the next step.

“The government has announced the dates for JEE-Mains and NEET…any further delay in conducting the exams will result in waste of precious year for students. The dreams and future of our youth and students cannot be compromised at any cost. However, some are trying to play with the future of our students simply to propel their own political agenda and oppose the government,” the letter read.

Academicians from IGNOU, Lucknow University, Delhi University, JNU, BHU, IIT Delhi and Indian academicians from foreign universities like the University of London, University of California, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben Gurion University, Israel, and others were the signatories of the letter.

“We strongly believe that the central government will successfully conduct the JEE and NEET exams taking full precautions to ensure that the future of students is taken care of and the academic calendar for 2020-21 is rolled out,” it added.

More than 14 lakh admit cards for the NEET and JEE were downloaded soon after the National Testing Agency (NTA) released them on Wednesday.

NEET is now scheduled on September 13 and engineering entrance exam JEE Main is from September 1-6. About 9.53 lakh candidates have registered for JEE-Mains and 15.97 lakh for NEET.

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