In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the HRD ministry yesterday day has decided to postpone the JEE and NEET examinations.
“Keeping in mind the safety of students and to ensure quality education we have decided to postpone #JEE & #NEET examinations,” said Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal.
The Joint Entrance Examination-Main (JEE-Main) will be now be held from September 1-6, JEE Advanced will be held on September 27 and the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) will be held on September 13.
Students and parents had called for a cancellation of exams. Students had been signing online petitions and requesting the government to postpone the engineering and medical entrance exams as well. Parents of nearly 4,000 NRI students based in West Asia earlier filed a petition in the Supreme Court Wednesday demanding the NEET be a postponement.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had last week canceled some board exam papers scheduled from July 1 to 15. The move came after a group of parents moved the Supreme Court raising concerns about COVID-19 risk to students.
National associations of parents’ have also been campaigning for their children’s health to be considered as most important.
On Wednesday, parents of NEET candidates living in West Asian countries filed a plea in the Supreme Court demanding that examination centers be set up in those countries or that the examination be postponed.
On Thursday, the Minister had set up a panel in response to the concerted campaign, asking National Testing Agency (NTA) Director-General Vineet Joshi and other experts to review the situation. NTA conducts both NEET and JEE-Main —which have a total of 25 lakh candidates this year — although JEE-Advanced is run by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
According to an NTA notice, students can request a change in their examination center until July 15, given that travel is still disrupted in many areas. Admit cards will be available for download 15 days before the examination date.