West Bengal’s chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, called on the center on Monday to postpone the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
Aspirants are campaigning for JEE for admission to leading engineering schools and NEET for undergraduate medical courses.
Banerjee said in a series of tweets on Monday morning that she spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue during the Prime Ministers’ latest video conference.
“At our last videoconference with the Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodiJi, I spoke out against the UGC guidelines that require university / college completion exams by the end of September 2020, which have enormous potential for student lives at risk She tweeted.
Banerjee appealed to the center to assess the risk and postpone the investigations until the situation is favorable again.
“With the instruction from @EduMinOfIndiato, NEET, to carry out JEE 2020 in September, I would again like to ask the center to assess the risk and postpone these investigations until the situation is conducive again. It is our duty to provide a safe environment for all of our students, ”she said in another Twitter post.
In our last video conference with the Hon’ble PM Shri @ Narendramodi Ji, I had spoken out against the UGC guidelines requiring university / college graduation exams by the end of September 2020, which had great potential to put student lives at risk. (1/2)
– Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 24, 2020
The Supreme Court had dismissed a motion to postpone the JEE (Main) exams in April 2020 and the NEET (Undergraduate) exams, due to take place in September, in an increase in COVID-19 cases “and” life must go on “.
The JEE (Main) is expected to take place between September 1st and 6th, the JEE (Advanced) on September 27th.
NEET takes place on September 13th.
On Friday, officials from the Ministry of Education announced that JEE (Main) and NEET-UG will be carried out as planned in September.