The whole world is suffering from COVID-19 because of which schools, colleges and universities are temporarily closed. In between this, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has scheduled to conduct medical and engineering entrance exams – National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE – Main) in September.
Every student and parent is now requesting the Union Education Minister to postpone the date of examinations as this would be really tough to give such examinations in these situations.
The social media is now trending with the hashtag #PostponeJEE_NEETInCovid . Even celebrities are also requesting the education minister to postpone the exams. On Tuesday, actor Sonu Sood urged the Government of India to take steps towards postponing these exams as it is unsafe for students to physically appear in the exams in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation.
He tweeted, “It’s my request to government of India, to postpone the #Neet/#JEE exams in the current situation of the country! In the given #COVID19 situation, we should care utmost & not risk the lives of students. #PostponeJEE_NEETInCovid.”
Except him, Indian youtuber BeerBiceps aka Ranveer Allahbadia also tweeted, “As an Engineering graduate, I know how
stressful JEE can get for the students. I would urge the Govt. to look into postponing the NEET & JEE exams especially when we have evidence of the virus spreading due to reopening of colleges in other countries.”
Not only this, the urges to postpone the exams have gone on international level too. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday expressed her solidarity with the students in India over the NEET and JEE exam row calling the situation ‘deeply unfair’. NEET and JEE Main exams have become a major issue in the country as thousands of students and parents protest against the exam which is being held in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.
She tweeted, “It’s deeply unfair that students of India are asked to sit national exams during the Covid-19 pandemic and while millions have also been impacted by the extreme floods. I stand with their call to #PostponeJEE_NEETInCovid.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik also wrote letter to Union Education Minister requesting to postpone these exams which are scheduled to be held in September.