A proposal to conduct JEE and NEET exams in Delhi was made at the latest Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) meeting attended by the L-G and Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
“The Delhi government recommended in its file sent to the L-G by the Finance Minister on Saturday not to hold the exams for safety reasons for the students.
“The Prime Minister of Delhi (Arvind Kejriwal) had also decided against holding the JEE and NEET because of the pandemic. However, the LG returned the file in which it turned the Prime Minister’s decision on its head and allowed the tests to be carried out” Sources in the Delhi government said.
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia of Delhi, who is also the city government’s education minister, had written to the Union’s education minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, earlier this week asking him to postpone the exams in light of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country .
He had called for the medical and technical entrance exams to be postponed and for the center to work on alternative methods of student selection.
“They (center) say protocols are followed. By following the same protocols that the center is supposed to follow 28 lakh students, lakhs of Indians have tested positive for Covid-19,” Sisodia had said.
The joint entrance examination (main examination) and the national entrance examination (NEET-UG) are scheduled to take place in September, officials from the Ministry of Education have claimed.
Last week the Supreme Court rejected a request to postpone the two exams as the number of Covid-19 cases had soared. He said that a “precious” academic year of students “cannot be wasted” and that life must go on.
While a total of 8.58 lakh candidates have registered for the JEE Main, 15.97 lakh students have registered for the NEET.
Increasing the number of test centers, an alternative seating plan, fewer candidates per room and staggered entry and exit are among the steps the National Testing Agency will take in September to ensure that NEET and JEE can be carried out safely.