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Postpone JEE Main, NEET 2020: Mamata writes to PM Modi

JEE Main, NEET 2020: In her letter to PM Modi, Mamata Banerjee appealed to postpone the engineering, medical based entrance exams amid health risk of students due to COVID-19 pandemic

By: Education Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 25, 2020 8:25:56 am
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JEE Main, NEET 2020: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking postponement of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) and National Eligibility Entrance Exam (NEET) scheduled in September. The Supreme Court had last week rejected petitions against holding the exams amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In her letter to the Prime Minister, Mamata Banerjee wrote, “The Central Government must not take a decision for which the students feel upset and also ensure that students are not deprived of the opportunity to take the examination. I am sure that you will appreciate the point and postpone these examinations until the situation is conducive again.”

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Banerjee also expressed her disregard for the UGC guidelines to conduct the term-end exams in September. “This decision had a huge potential to put students’ lives at risk. We should not put any lives in jeopardy during this pandemic period by taking such unilateral, bureaucratic decisions,” the West Bengal CM wrote in her letter to Modi. Mamata has also tweeted the letter.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in his tweet on Sunday said the central government must listen to ‘students’ ke mann ki baat’ and arrive at an acceptable solution. On Twitter, several politicians have joined the debate under the trending hashtags #SATYAGRAH_AgainstExamsInCovid and #StudentsKeMannKiBaat.

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Meanwhile, the National Testing Agency (NTA) earlier announced that the entrance exam will be held as per schedule following the Supreme Court order. The admit card of the JEE Main exam has already been released.

Over 9 lakh had applied to appear for JEE Main while nearly 16 lakh registered for NEET. The number of exam centres, claims NTA, have also been increased by almost double to ensure the safety of students.

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