Move the NEET and JEE exams, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, to PM modes
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BHUBANESWAR: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by phone on Thursday, urging him to postpone NEET and JEE reviews amid the COVID-19 pandemic and flood situation in the state, a senior official said.

Two days ago, the CM wrote a letter to the Union Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, to this effect.

Patnaik said during his conversation with the Prime Minister that Odisha has been hit by both a pandemic and flood and that the students may have difficulty getting to the exams, the official in the chief minister’s office told reporters.

The CM, in its letter to Nishank on Tuesday, asked the center to take steps to postpone the joint entrance examination (main examination) and the national entrance examination with admission test (main examination).
NEET) as “it will be unsafe for students to physically show up for exams during the pandemic”.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has scheduled medical and technical entrance exams –
NEET and JEE (Main) – in September.

Around 50,000 students in Odisha are expected to appear
NEETand over 40,000 for JEE (Main), officials said.

Over the past week, the state has been hit by heavy rains, triggered by the formation of low pressure systems over the Bay of Bengal, sinking low-lying areas, breaking road links and killing at least two people.

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