- Decision taken by the government, citing the judgment delivered by the Supreme Court of India
- 8.58 lakh students have downloaded 7.50 lakh of their JEE admit cards
- NEET admits cards have been downloaded by 10 lakh students out of a total of 15.97 lakhs
Mumbai: Following the NEET, JEE Main 2020 entrance exam controversy, Union Minister of Human Resource and Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal on Thursday said that National Testing Agency (NTA) on Wednesday released Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the safety of the students and staff to be presented at the examination center.
Union Human Resource Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said, “Safety and the career of the students are important for us. The NTA has prepared appropriate guidelines and SOPs for these exams.”
The ministry has previously mentioned that parents are asking about exams and datasheets.
Ramesh Pokhriyal said, “These exams have been postponed twice before May-June. Maximum students, parents have given their approval in favor of conducting the exam through the mail and other sources.”
Further, he mentioned that the NTA has arranged examination centers as per the convenience of the students so that they do not have to travel and so far “99% of the students have found a center of their choice”.
JEE exam centres have been increased to 660 from 570 while there are now 3,842 NEET centres, up from 2,546 for the convenience of students. Students have also been allotted exam centres of their choice: Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union Education Minister pic.twitter.com/UkJEQPUC7e
— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2020
He confirmed the decision taken by the government, citing the judgment delivered by the Supreme Court of India.
“After hearing all the arguments, the Supreme Court also said that we cannot spoil the academic year of the students,” Pokhriyal said.
These numbers are actually in favor of the action taken by the government as 8.58 lakh students have downloaded 7.50 lakh of their JEE admit cards. While NEET admits cards have been downloaded by 10 lakh students out of a total of 15.97 lakhs.
Meanwhile, many political leaders including Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik, DMK President MK Stalin, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who too requested the Central government to cancel the exams.