Of the 8.58 lakh candidates who signed up for the JEE (main) exam for entry into engineering schools, 6.35 lakh brave the threat of COVID-19 and the difficulties posed by restrictions due to the pandemic, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said on Wednesday.
“Of 8.58 lakh # JEEMains applicants, 6.35 lakhs appeared for the exam. The central government and the respective state governments assured the students of every possible support, for which I would also like to compliment all state governments. All this effort showed the spirit of cooperative federalism, ”Nishank said in a tweet.
The centre’s decision to hold the entry test September 1-6 was very questionable given the rising number of COVID-19 cases. However, Nishank said many candidates may not have taken the exam in September, as they did on the first attempt in January.
“Exams take place twice a year. The previous one took place in January of this year. Some students who didn’t show up for the exam in September may have passed the January exam well, so this time they didn’t feel the need to take the exam. We’ll work out these numbers, ”he said.
In another tweet, the education minister said that delaying the exam further would not have been in the students’ best interests.
“Delaying exams further would not have been in the interests of our hardworking students and their plans for college. Our NDA government has always been unwavering about student welfare and student safety. We will always work for the interests of our youth, ”he said.
Regarding a tweet from BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, Nishank said that “the number of applicants for #JEEMains is 8.58 lakhs, not 18 lakhs as you tweeted.” According to JEE (Main), the NTA prepares for the NEET medical entrance exam.