Nishank asks Goa CM to provide security for NEET and JEE exams
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PANAJI: The Union Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, has asked the Prime Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant, to put in place extensive safety precautions for the NEET and JEE medical and technical entrance exams to be held in the coastal state.

The state has set up 17 centers where 6,939 students would appear for these exams, the minister said in a tweet on Sunday.

The state’s opposition congress has called for the NEET and JEE exams to be postponed after the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I had an extensive discussion with Prime Minister Pramod Sawant about running the prestigious NEET-JEE exams in the state,” Nishank tweeted.

“The state has set up 17 centers for 6,939 students who would take these exams. I asked CM to put in place sophisticated safety precautions and facilities in those centers,” he said in another tweet.

Three leaders of the congressional National Students Union of India (NSUI) were arrested Saturday after they went on hunger strike at Azad Maidan in Panaji and called for the postponement of the JEE and NEET exams.

On Friday, ministers from six non-BJP states moved the Supreme Court against its August 17 order to allow the exams.

The Supreme Court had refused to interfere in running the medical and technical entrance exams, stating that life must go on and that students could not lose a precious year due to the pandemic.

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