Maharashtra minister for relief and rehabilitation Vijay Wadettiwar .(HT PHOTO)
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JEE Mains, NEET 2020: Maharashtra minister Vijay Wadettiwar said Tuesday that students from flood-affected areas of the state can submit a representation to the National Testing Agency through their district collectors if they fail to show up for the JEE-NEET exams.

The Joint Entrance Exams (JEE) -Main for admission to engineering schools began on Tuesday and will last through September 6, while the NEET medical entrance exam is scheduled for September 13.

Wadettiwar, Minister of Aid and Rehabilitation in Uddhav Thackeray’s government, said the state would protect the interests of all students, adding that the NTA would make an appropriate decision on such representations.

The Vidarbha region of Maharashtra is experiencing flooding with some parts cut off from the capital cities.

Exam centers include Nagpur, Chandrapur, Wardha, Amravati and Akola in Vidarbha. Over 15,000 students are expected to attend the exams.

According to official figures, more than 53,000 people from 175 villages in Nagpur, Bhandara, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts in Vidarbha were evacuated on Tuesday due to flooding after heavy rains and the release of water from dams.

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