HRD panel to submit report today on feasibility of conducting NEET, JEE Main
New Delhi: The panel formed to study on the feasibility of conducting JEE Main and NEET UG examination in July amid COVID-19 pandemic will submit its report on Friday. The Ministry of Human Resource Development will take a final decision on whether to conduct the exams or to postpone them based on the report submitted.
Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ''Nishank'' had on Thursday asked the panel to submit a report on the feasibility of conducting medical entrance exam NEET and engineering exam JEE in July as coronavirus cases are rising.
The move by the HRD Ministry comes after parents and students raised concerns about conducting the exams in July, when COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly.
"Looking at the prevailing circumstances and requests received from students & parents appearing for JEE and NEEET examinations, a committee consisting of officials from the National Testing Agency (NTA) and other experts has been advised to review the situation and submit its recommendations latest by tomorrow," Nishank tweeted.
Looking at the prevailing circumstances & requests received from students & parents appearing for #JEE & #NEET examinations, a committee consisting of @DG_NTA & other experts has been advised to review the situation & submit its recommendations to @HRDMinistry latest by tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/xByKLUqAIc— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) July 2, 2020
While medical entrance exam National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is scheduled on July 26, the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)-Mains, for admission in engineering colleges, is scheduled from July 18-23.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had last week cancelled some board exam papers scheduled from July 1 to 15 after a group of parents moved the Supreme Court raising concerns about COVID-19 exposure risk to students.
Students have been signing online petitions and pursuing Twitter campaigns, and requesting the government to postpone the engineering and medical entrance exams as well.
Parents of nearly 4,000 NRI students based in West Asia also filed a petition in the Supreme Court Wednesday demanding the NEET be postponement. They have noted that there are no exam centres outside India and international travel is still restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"Assuming that they (the students) have seats on Vande Bharat Mission flights, the students will be exposed to Covid-19 risks as also they would have to undergo quarantine on their arrival in India," the petition filed by the parents said.
(With PTI inputs)