NEW DELHI: Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has confirmed that as of now there is no change in the dates of JEE Main and NEET 2020. In an interview with Zee News, Pokhriyal has explained that the authorities will “try to conduct” both the entrance examinations on the pre-decided dates. However, depending on the COVID-19 situation in the country, the authorities may take a second review in the first week of July 2020 on whether to conduct or postpone the entrance examinations .
JEE Main is scheduled to be held from July 18 to 23 and NEET UG will be held on July 26, 2020.
Will CBSE cancellation affect JEE Main and NEET?
With the Centre cancelling the remaining CBSE board examinations, students have been left in a fix regarding how they will attempt the entrance examinations of JEE Main and NEET since there is a looming uncertainty of completing their board exams. Reports have suggested that the CBSE cancellation will surely affect the currently decided dates of JEE Main and NEET, however this has not been mentioned or confirmed by the Centre till now. The official authorities are expected to give the latest updates on JEE Main and NEET 2020 soon.
Students support JEE Main and NEET cancellation
Students from all over the country have come forward in social media to support the cancellation of JEE Main and NEET. They are demanding official notice and clarification regarding the examinations. Hashtags such as #HealthOverNEETJEE #postponejeeneet #NoExamsInCovid are currently making their rounds on Twitter.
Lakhs of students are waiting for a decision on the postponement of the JEE Main and NEET 2020. In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the CBSE and ICSE Boards have already announced the cancellation of Class 10 and Class 12 board exams. Class 12 board exams can be conducted later when the coronavirus situation eases. However, there has been no confirmation on the JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020 exam date as of yet.
The announcement by the CBSE and ICSE Board is going to impact the admission process of all central universities as well as the national entrance exams including JEE Main and NEET 2020.
Due to the outbreak of coronavirus and the growing number of COVID-19 cases, students preparing for JEE Main, NEET 2020 and JEE Advanced 2020 are hoping the exams be postponed.
Meanwhile, students a number of students have taken to social media and have requested HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to defer the JEE Main, NEET 2020 and JEE Advanced 2020.
More than 15 lakh students had applied for NEET 2020 this year, while nearly 9 lakh had applied for JEE Main.
Nearly a thousand students had submitted applications in the second application window for JEE Main, which was to reopen to ensure that students who had earlier skipped it as they aimed to study abroad.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the foreign admissions are at a halt and these students were given a second chance. Thus, over 24 lakh students have to appear for these exams, and to ensure social distancing.