Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the telephone and requested him to postpone the JEE and NEET in view of rising COVID-19 cases across the country coupled with the flood situation in the state.
CM @Naveen_Odisha spoke to Prime Minister @narendramodi over telephone and requested him for postponement of #NEET and #JEE Main Exam in view of #COVID19 pandemic and severe flood situation in many parts of #Odisha.
— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) August 27, 2020
It may be recalled that the chief minister had also written a letter in this regard to Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ two days ago.
Meanwhile, the National Testing Agency (NTA) on Tuesday issued an advisory for the students to appear for JEE and NEET exams scheduled in September.
This indicated that the central government will go ahead with the plan to conduct the national entrance exams for the IITs and medical courses despite the growing demand to postpone them in view of COVID-19 restrictions and floods in many states, NDTV reported.
JEE (Main) will be conducted for around 8.6 lakh students between September 1 and 6, while the NEET (UG) will be held across urban centres for about 15 lakh students.