Over 150 academicians from various universities in India and abroad have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that delaying the medical and engineering entrance exams — JEE-Mains and NEET – any longer will mean compromising the longer term of scholars .
Referring to the growing chorus against the conduct of those exams in September in sight of the rising COVID-19 cases, the academicians said in their letter, “Some try to play with way forward for students to propel their own political agenda”.
“Youths and students are the longer term of the state but in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, clouds of uncertainty have gathered over their careers too. There are lot of apprehensions about admission and classes which require to be resolved at the earliest,” they need said in their letter.
Like per annum , this year too many students have passed their Class 12 exams and are now waiting reception to eagerly take subsequent step, the letter said.
“The government has announced the dates for JEE-Mains and NEET…any further delay in conducting the exams will end in waste of precious year for college kids . The dreams and way forward for our youth and students can’t be compromised at any cost. However, some try to play with the longer term of our students simply to propel their own political agenda and oppose the govt ,” it said.
The signatories include academicians from the Delhi University, IGNOU, Lucknow University, JNU, BHU, IIT Delhi and Indian academicians from foreign universities like University of London, University of California, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben Gurion University, Israel, among others.
“We strongly believe that the central government will successfully conduct the JEE and NEET exams taking full precautions to make sure that the longer term of scholars is taken care of and therefore the academic calendar for 2020-21 is unrolled ,” it added.
Over 14 lakh admit cards for the medical and engineering entrance exams –NEET and JEE– were downloaded after the National Testing Agency (NTA) released them on Wednesday, whilst the difficulty was discussed extensively during a gathering of chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states who decided to jointly move the Supreme Court to hunt deferment of those exams.
The issue, which has been a matter of intense public discourse for the past few months, has evoked contrasting views with many backing the holding of the tests arguing that not doing so would end in a zero school year for college kids , while the Opposition and a neighborhood of activists demanding their postponement in sight of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The issue also took political undertones on Wednesday with opposition leaders attacking the Central government.
While the NEET is planned on September 13, engineering entrance examination JEE Main is scheduled from September 1-6. Around 9.53 lakh candidates have registered for JEE-Mains and 15.97 lakh students have registered for NEET.
These exams have already been deferred twice within the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
JEE-Main was originally alleged to be held from April 7-11, but postponed to July 18-23, NEET-UG was originally scheduled for May 3, then pushed to July 26.
They were postponed again and are now scheduled in September.