Mumbai: DMK President MK Stalin wrote to Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, and Odisha to approach Supreme Court for postponement of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) exams due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The letter stated that the decision to postpone the examination in June 2020 was taken primarily because the circumstances were not favorable and it was expected that normality would return in a few months.
“In view of the grave difficulties, keeping in view the wellbeing and future of the students, I sincerely request you to join in solidarity with the states and approach the Supreme court on the postponement of NEET and JEE exams for the greater good, as our united stand can help the voices of the students and parents across the country,” the letter said.
It further said that the Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, and Puducherry are planning to move the Supreme Court against the Center challenging their decision to conduct the NEET and JEE examinations.
Stalin also said that the public transport system has not yet resumed in most states.
“Railway and air travel cannot be used by most of the candidates and there remains a lot of uncertainty in reaching the allotted examination centers,” he said.
The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Main) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) (UG) examinations are scheduled to be held next month.