The protest came on a day when Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the government must listen to the students’ “Mann-Ki-Baat” and come to an “acceptable solution” and his party called for the National Aptitude Test (NEET) and the common entrance examination (JEE) will be deferred.
According to the left-wing All India Students Association (AISA), more than 4,200 students watched the one-day hunger strike in their respective homes and demanded the cancellation of the CBSE division exams of grades 10 and 12, as well as entrance exams such as UGC-NET, CLAT, NEET and JEE are postponed.
Using the hashtag SATYAGRAHagainstExamInCovid, many students also went to Twitter to ask the government to comply with their demands.
Manoj S, a JEE aspirant from Karnataka, said, “We have to report to the JEE exam center at 7:00 am. My center is almost 150 kilometers away and there are currently no train or bus connections. ”Many of my friends have said that their centers are 200 to 250 kilometers away. How shall we travel? How are we going to write exams with masks for seven to eight hours? ”
He urged the government to postpone the exams until normalcy is restored.
Anisha, who is from Odisha, said that all hotels and guest houses are closed where they would stay in case they had to travel to exams.
“I’m from Balasore and my NEET exam center is in Bhubaneswar. I have to travel five hours to take my exam. There are no hotels or guest houses that are open. Where will we stay?” She said.
Siddh Dutt, who will appear for the CBSE department exam, said, “I am an asthma patient. I am afraid of what could happen to me if I catch Covid-19.”
Madhurima, who said she must take four different entrance exams, wants authorities to listen to her appeal: “Please bring a vaccine so we can take exams.” I am a JEE, IISER, DUET aspirant and must also take another entrance exam, “she said.
Md Danish Khan from Bhagalpur in Bihar said he was “assigned an exam center in Patna, which is a Covid-19 hotspot”.
“I don’t want to risk my relatives’ lives by staying with them when I go to the exam. I also stay in a common family and if I get the virus, it creates a chain of infection,” he said.
A Kolkata Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) aspirant, who asked for anonymity, said she was concerned about her parents’ safety during this time.
“My father is diabetic and my mother has just had an operation for a tumor. Even if they take me to the investigation center by public transport, I will put them at risk. The government is unwilling to listen to us.
“We have to sit and write the exams with masks, gloves and headgear in hot weather conditions,” she said.
Other students shared similar problems and urged the government to postpone the entrance exams and declare the academic year a “zero year”.
The AISA has given solidarity to the demands of the students.
A day ago, the Deputy Prime Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, appealed to the central government to cancel the JEE and NEET entrance exams for medicine and technology in view of the situation in Covid-19.
He also said an alternate method of approval should be used this year and the tests should not be conducted.
On Friday, officials from the Education Ministry announced that the joint entrance test (Main) and the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) would be held in September.
Aishe Ghosh, president of Jwaharlal Nehru University’s student union, said student representatives from a number of universities, including Hyderabad Central University, Aligarh Muslim University and JNU, had written to the National Testing Agency about questions related to UGC NET’s recently announced exam date.
“We urge the authorities to resolve the logistical issues before proceeding with the audit,” she tweeted.
Aishe Ghosh, president of the JNU student association, tweeted
Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16, when the center announced a nationwide classroom closure as part of measures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. A nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24th and went into effect the next day, causing economic activity to get out of hand.
India’s Covid-19 record sprinted above 30 lakh on Sunday, just 16 days after exceeding 20 lakh, while 22,80,566 people in the country recovered and the recovery rate increased to 74.90 percent, according to Ministry data, according to Union Health .