JEE Main 2020 Most Likely Not to Postpone. Students Await for Answers
Sarada Prasad Rath
The National Testing Agency (NTA) has scheduled the JEE Main 2020 (Joint Entrance Examination) July session from 18 - 23 July 2020. As the number of COVID-19 cases rises in the country, students had started the request to cancel the JEE Main exam for this year. Students and parents have taken social media platforms to express their demand using hashtags such as #NoExamsinCOVID, #StudentsLivesMatter, #HealthOverExams, etc.
In a recent event, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank informed that the ministry is making decisions regarding this cause taking into consideration the current situation and the final result will be declared on Monday. The Union HRD minister had met the Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday and another meeting with Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday to discuss these issues. He also added that students are the asset and future of the nation and their safety is of the utmost importance to the government and no decision will be taken which can endanger their health.
Although the HRD Ministry or NTA has not given any indication regarding the postponement of JEE Main till now. This probably because there has been no official announcement regarding the cancellation of board exams. The matter of canceling board exams was presented in the Supreme Court, but it has been adjourned for the time being and is most likely to be announced tomorrow. Depending upon the status of the board exam, NTA will make its decision regarding JEE Main. The admit card for JEE Main is yet to be released, also NTA has doubled the number of exam centers for safety measures.
Meanwhile, the IITs do not support the cancellation of JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Sarit K Das, Director, IIT Ropar said, “Cancelling JEE Main and Advanced is not an option because admission to IITs is a serious matter and institutes have to admit students. Instead of those who are running a campaign, it is better to pay attention to those who are preparing hard to crack the exam”. He also said that the rescheduling of the exam can be an option in case the pandemic worsens.
In the meantime, there are students who want the exam to be postponed and not canceled, which is a point to take into consideration. The students and parents are concerned about the rising number of COVID cases in India and don't want to risk lives. The MHRD Ministry will soon take the decision and will soon be updated on the official website.
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