New Delhi: Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Monday expressed his happiness and satisfaction over the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) exam held on Sunday across India despite the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the NEET exam was more successful than JEE Mains and 90 per cent students took it. “NEET examination became more successful than JEE Main. It was a big challenge for us,” the minister told ANI.
He further said 15.97 lakh students had registered, out of which 14.37 lakh students appeared for the examination.
“Presence of over 90 percent of students has made history in odd circumstances when people were saying that there would be a mess. We knew that a student does not want to waste even a single day, how could they think of wasting a year.”
He said he made an appeal to NEET aspirants to go and take the exam without any fear after the JEE Mains exams were held successfully.
The education minister asked if a child’s future should be put at risk because the number of students will double next year and the number of seats will be limited. “Students knew this and were worried. They had to take part in the examination and appeared,” he said.
He also said the central government had arranged for 3,843 examination centres and gave students options to take exams.
“Just as the result of the JEE examination came out in record time, it will be similar for the NEET exam,” Pokhriyal said.