Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday reiterated his demand that medical and engineering entrance exams NEET and JEE be postponed and the Central authorities work on different strategies for choosing students.
“They (Centre) are saying protocols will be followed. Following the same protocols that the Centre wants 28 lakh students to follow, lakhs of Indians have tested positive,” Sisodia advised reporters.
He mentioned the Union Home Minister examined constructive for coronavirus regardless of staying in a really secure setting, and that many different leaders together with Delhi Health Minister have additionally contracted the contagious illness.
“So many top leaders have got infected with COVID-19 despite taking all precautions. So, how can we take the risk of sending 28 lakh students to exam centre and be assured that they will not be infected,” Sisodia requested. He mentioned the Central authorities ought to instantly postpone the exams and work on “alternative methods” of admission. “I appeal to the government to not be adamant on admission only through these exams. We are not at all saying that the year be declared as a zero academic year. We are not in favour of admitting students just like that as we will need quality doctors and engineers but banking upon only a three hour exam and expecting it to work like a magic wand in identifying talent, is a very conservative thought,” he added.
The Joint Entrance Examination (Main) and the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) will be carried out in September as scheduled, the Ministry of Education officers had mentioned on Tuesday, amid a rising refrain for suspending the essential exams in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Tuesday, Swedish teen local weather change campaigner Greta Thunberg additionally threw her weight behind suspending the exams in view of the pandemic. “It’s deeply unfair that students of India are asked to sit national exams during the Covid-19 pandemic and while millions have also been impacted by the extreme floods. I stand with their call to #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID,” she mentioned in a tweet.
Several opposition leaders in India together with Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik and DMK President MK Stalin have demanded the exams be postponed.
Sisodia had on Saturday additionally appealed the Centre to postpone or cancel the exams.
The Supreme Court had final week dismissed a plea looking for postponement of the 2 exams amid a spurt within the variety of COVID-19 instances, saying a “precious” educational 12 months of students “cannot be wasted” and life has to go on.
While a complete of 9.53 lakh candidates have registered for JEE-Mains, 15.97 lakh students have registered for NEET. Increasing the variety of examination centres, alternate seating plan, fewer candidates per room and staggered entry and exit are among the many steps the National Testing Agency will take for safely conducting NEET and JEE in September.