Mumbai: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday urged Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to postpone NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic.
CM Patnaik said, “In view of the current COVID-19 situation in the country, it would be very unsafe and dangerous for the students to appear for exams.”
He also told the Union Minister of Education that the transportation in Odisha has been disrupted due to the lockdown implemented by several district administrations in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Patnaik said in the letter, “Odisha has found huge tribal pockets in geographically inaccessible areas. Students from these areas may be deprived of appearing in these exams, as they will have to travel long distances.”
Reiterating the request to postpone the exam, Patnaik said, “Whenever NTA conducts these tests, it can be directed to open centers in all 30 districts of the state so that students have to travel maximum 2-3 hours to reach the center and go back home the same day and thus ensure maximum participation of the students in these tests.”
Citing that students from remote areas may be deprived of appearing for tests as they need to travel long distances, CM urged to open centres in all 30 districts of #Odisha, so that students can go back home same day, facilitating maximum participation of students in these tests.
— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) August 25, 2020
Notably, the National Testing Agency (NTA) is scheduled to conduct the JEE (Main) on September 1-6 and NEET on September 13.