Mumbai: Congress leader and former deputy CM of Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot on Friday slammed Centre’s decision to hold the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exam in September 2020 and asked the Center to postpone the examinations in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Congress leader further said that the government should listen to the request and postpone the exam as the number of COVID-19 cases is continuously increasing and many major incidents are also being postponed around the world.
“NSUI (National Students Union of India) is working to postpone the examinations as it is a matter of life and death. The spread of the virus is increasing with each passing day and we are yet to reach the peak. Your decision has to be withdrawn. This decision has endangered the lives of students and their families. How should students travel to their designated examination centers? When there are more cases, how can your children come from those areas?” he asked.
“The idea requires painstaking efforts and a lot of time. I believe the government will listen to our demands. Major events are being postponed around the world, so these exams can also be postponed. The government should not be stubborn and listen to our requests. If we continue to take up this matter, the Center will have to consider the demands of the people and postpone the examinations,” he added.
Meanwhile, members of Congress Students’ Union and NSUI have been staging protests in various states and union territories of the country including Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Bihar, and Gujarat.
The National Testing Agency is scheduled to conduct the JEE Main Examination on 13 September between NEET (Graduate) 2020 and 1-6 September.