with growing coronavirus cases in country where cases spikes more than 1000, to contain the spread of virus central govt announced a stringent 21 day lockdown. Due to corona virus many of the exams are either cancelled or postponed.
On Friday i.e 27th march 2020 the minister for human resource and development, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced the postponement of major entrance exams.
To avoid the difficulty of travelling during a global pandemic, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, or NEET entrance exam, and Joint Entrance Examination, or JEE (Main), was suspended till last week of May.
However, the declaration has stirred anxiety among aspirants who went back to their hometowns due to the country-wide lockdown announced by the prime minister, Narendra Modi. A lot of aspirants had opted for centres in the cities where they were being coached for the exam.
Students from across the country travel to coaching hubs like Kota in Rajasthan, delhi or capital of the states to prepare for these exams and then write the exams at these places as well. Which is why, at the time of applying, they would have picked examination centres closest to these coaching hubs. However, the lockdown has upset these plans for hundreds. Fearing that the new schedule will be announced late and give them very little time to travel, aspirants are now requesting the HRD minister on social media to allow a change in the examination centre for entrance tests. Now confined to home, many candidates took to social media to express their concern.
As one student wrote: “As scenario is changed now than earlier while filling form. Kindly provide option for changing centre. As many students were studying at different places and selected centre accordingly. Now around 80% student gone to their homes. Please treat this matter sympathetically.”
Another student tweeted: Sir as you know lakhs of students taking coaching at Kota for JEE and NEET and Opted for exam center at the place of their coaching..Now most of them are at home. Can you please instruct NTA to provide opportunity to students to reselect their exam centers
One more wrote requesting: Sir it would be great if we are allowed to change our examination centres for it is very important that we stay in our homes now and avoid being in crowdy places and travelling to the centre is only going to increase the risk of spread if the condition does not improve.
The NEET which regulates admission into medical colleges was scheduled to be held on May 3. Earlier in March, the National Testing Agency, or NTA, had suspended the JEE Main which was scheduled for April 5, 7, 8, 9 and 11. The new dates for both will now be announced after April 15 and a reassessment of the situation.