NEET, JEE network 2020: During the Covid-19 pandemic in September, many opposition parties in the state spoke out against the centre’s decision to hold a Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and a national aptitude test (NEET).
Despite mounting opposition, the National Testing Agency (NTA), which is tasked with conducting various entrance exams, announced on Tuesday that it would conduct the double exams according to the schedule. The Apex exam agency said NEET will be on September 13 and JEE will be on September 1-6.
The national president of the Samajwadi Party (SP), Akhilesh Yadav, published a unilateral open letter on Thursday listing all the reasons for his objection. Within hours of the letter being published, volunteers from the SP student wing ‘Samajwadi Chattra Sabha’ and the youth wing ‘Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha’ reached the gate of Raj Bhavan to protest and defied police instructions, there not without a demonstration to demonstrate approval. The encounter led the police to accuse them. The volunteers said they would step up their protest on Friday.
Congress has already announced a nationwide agitation from Friday, and the UP Congress Committee (UPCC) and its student wing, the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), will follow suit in the state.
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) handed over a memorandum to the Lucknow administration at GPO Park on Thursday morning calling for the NEET, JEE entrance exams to be postponed.
The party’s state unit had planned a sit-in at the GPO to protest the exams, but the Lucknow government refused permission in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and imposed a complete ban on such events in the state capital until September 15.
“We have given the Lucknow government a memorandum postponing the postponement of the NEET and JEE entry tests,” said Mahendra Singh, President of the AAP Lucknow District Unit.
SP leader Akhilesh Yadav said in his one-page document on the matter: “How could the arrogant BJP government hold the ‘deadly’ test under the pretext of popular demand from students and parents? The government should deploy its ministers, MPs, and state assemblies outside of exam centers across the country to ensure no rules, regulations, and SOP of Covid-19 are violated. “
“The way legislators make arrangements in buying and selling should make similar arrangements for commuting, housing and flooding for exam candidates,” he added.
“In times when trains and buses are disrupted in corona times, how the candidates will commute. And not all students can rent taxis. Even if they can, are their taxis enough to serve such a large number of students? “Jaan ke badle exam nahin chalega (say no to an exam that endangers life),” he said in the document, which he also posted on Twitter.
In another tweet, Akhilesh said, “Only candidates from the wealthy and urban backgrounds could reach exam centers. It is a conspiracy by the government of the rich against the poor and rural population – the BJP government. “
The JEE (main) exam will be held in 660 centers across India September 1-6, while NEET candidates will take the exam in 3,842 centers on September 13, the central government announced.
According to a central government official, the Department of Education is keen to hold the exams as it not only helps keep the academic year on track, but also prevents students from remaining in constant uncertainty.
When asked if criteria could be chosen to select students for admission, the official said there was no alternative to these exams, especially because colleges like IITs and AIIMS are in high demand.
The NTA has stressed that it will conduct the exams safely and that a detailed protocol has been drawn up to ensure this.