Various opposition parties, including Congress, have called for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the floods in parts of the country, even as the Union government has made it clear, that they are held on schedule with reasonable precautions.
In Haryana, congress leaders and workers protested in many locations, including Karnal, Kaithal, Bhiwani and Sirsa.
Congress officials in Bhiwani burned a portrait of the Union’s Minister of Education, demanding that the exams be postponed taking into account the current situation in Covid-19.
In Sirsa, during a protest, Congress officials called for the exams to be postponed for the time being.
“What is the urgency to hold these exams when the cases increase. Why are the lives of thousands of students and their families at risk,” said a congressional leader.
Kumari Selja, President of the Haryana Congress, said there has been a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.
“In this situation, the government is keen to hold JEE and NEE exams, which has raised the concerns of the students’ lakhs and their parents. Given the situation now owed to Covid, how is the government changing the residence and transportation arrangements meet for so many students? ” “Said the congress director.
“Furthermore, the flood situation has worsened in some parts of the country. Should the government be persistent in holding these reviews or make decisions that take people’s interests into account?” Asked Selja.
While NEET is to take place on September 13th, the JEE-Main technical entrance exam is planned for September 1st to 6th. Around 8.58 lakh candidates have registered for the JEE Main and 15.97 lakh for the NEET.
Investigations were postponed twice after the coronavirus pandemic.
Members of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress, led by its President Pradeep Chhabra, protested against the holding of these exams. He said this was not the time to “endanger the lives of students”.
“Don’t play with the lives of students,” read a poster at the protest in Chandigarh.
In many places in Punjab, the Youth Congress submitted memoranda, which were addressed to the center through the district administrations on this topic. It requested that these exams be postponed for the time being.
Barinder Dhillon, president of the Punjab Youth Congress, said these exams should be postponed as holding these exams would endanger the lives of thousands of students.
Sunil Jakhar, head of the Punjab Congress, had beaten up with the BJP-led government of the center on Thursday, accusing it of “playing” with the lives of millions of young people by taking part in the implementation of JEE and NEET Trials amid the Covid-19 “relentless” was pandemic.
Jakhar’s reaction came a day after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked his attorney general to coordinate with his counterparts in other opposition-ruled states to petition the Supreme Court for collective review and request the postponement of NEET and JEE .
On Friday, ministers from six opposition-ruled states petitioned the Supreme Court for a review of its order that allowed the center to hold NEET and JEE entrance exams this year amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The Supreme Court on August 17 refused to interfere in running the medical and engineering entrance exams – NEET and JEE – scheduled for September. It was said that life must go on and that students could not lose a precious year in the pandemic.