Police resorted to Lathicharge on Monday to disperse members of ‘Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha’, the student wing of the Samajwadi Party (SP), when they opposed the center’s decision to hold a joint entrance examination for all of India (JEE) and the national Eligibility to perform, moved towards Raj Bhavan-cum-entrance test (NEET) amid the Covid-19 pandemic from Tuesday.
The protesters gathered outside the SP office and headed towards Raj Bhavan to deliver a memorandum to Governor Anandiben Patel demanding the postponement of NEET and JEE as the students and their parents were concerned about the welfare of their wards .
Police stopped demonstrators near the Samajwadi party and prevented them from going towards Raj Bhavan. The protesters said the police had barricaded the crossing and would not let them go towards Raj Bhavan.
Digvijay Singh Dev, who led the protest, said the Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha was also concerned about the violent educational institutions collecting fees from parents and harassing those unable to pay due to wage cuts or job losses due to the pandemic.
Recently, SP National President Akhilesh Yadav said in a tweet that the center, which was in a hurry to hold NEET, JEE, should announce when educational institutions will open after exams and when the selection process will end.
The National Testing Agency (NTA), which is tasked with conducting various entrance exams, announced last week that NEET will take place on September 13th and JEE on September 1st to 6th. The NTA had also assured the candidates to take steps to ensure their safety during the double exams.
The agency has also increased the number of exam centers to reduce the number of students per center and claims to have allocated “exam centers close to the candidates’ homes”.