NEET/JEE 2020: Students Plan Protests from Home Tomorrow; Centre May Reconsider Dates

NEW DELHI:The National Testing Agency (NTA’s) decision to proceed with the NEET and Joint Entrance Examination has caused a major uproar within students across the nation so much that they are planning on arranging a protest from their homes tomorrow, urging postponement or cancellation of exams given the alarming rise in coronavirus cases.

From 8am, students across India eligible for the exams are set to “raise Black Flags from homes, tie black bands on arm or forehead, wear black mask, turn their profile pictures BLACK!” to protest against the order of conducting exams which involves over 12 lakh students.

Many opposition leaders came forward to protest against this decision of SC and NTA and demanded postponement of the exams to the union government and urged them to reconsider the dates of  exams as the Covid-19 cases keep on surging.

However, amid the strong protests against the exam, NTA released the NEET 2020 admit cards  on their official website.

 Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have met a gathering of opposition chief ministers on Wednesday evening to talk about the issue of holding NEET and JEE Main examination next month in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday Mamta Banerjee pleaded that the Centre should appeal against the Supreme Court order for holding the JEE and NEET examinations during the COVID-19 flare-up to ensure the aspirants are free from “mental agony”. She wrote to Modi after the state government got a letter from the National Testing Agency to lead the JEE/NEET examinations beginning from September 1.

The JEE (Main) is booked to be held between September 1 and 6, while the JEE (Advanced) on September 27. The Supreme Court had excused a request looking for the delay of JEE (Main) April and NEET the pandemic.

 

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