As states write to central government to postpone NEET-JEE exams, Uttarakhand government officials say they will follow the centre’s guidelines and conduct the exams.
Officials said board exams were also held in the state, where more students appear compared to the entrance exams.
Pankaj Pandey, the secretary responsible for medical education in the state, said, “The exams are conducted in the state according to central government guidelines. Board exams were also held in the state in the state that has more candidates for the exams compared to NEET-JEE. These tests are also carried out in accordance with all safety standards. “
Due to the heavy rains in different parts of the Himalayan state and the blockage of the roads due to landslides caused by rain, many students have raised the issue of the difficulty of reaching exam centers.
Members of the state unit of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) protested Wednesday, calling for the entrance exams to be postponed. The protesters burned a portrait of Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, the union’s education minister.
Mohan Bhandari, President of NSUI, said: “Why does the government want to risk the lives of so many students from all over the country? In our state, most of the roads are blocked due to landslides, then there is a pandemic; In such situations, the government wants students to take exams. “
“Many exam centers also ask students to take a Covid-19 test before taking the exam. Not everyone can afford to take a test or have access to it… ”added Bhandari.
When asked how students get to exam centers with roads blocked in the state, Madan Kaushik, cabinet minister and state government spokesman, said issues reported by districts due to the monsoons will be passed on to the center, otherwise the exams will run as planned .
“We have not yet received any information from the districts about students approaching them to postpone the exam as the streets are often blocked. If there are such problems, it is referred to the central government and a solution is considered. Until then, however, we will follow the centre’s guidelines and conduct the exams, ”said Kaushik.