JEE-Mains start today even as Covid-19 cases cross 36 lakh

JEE-Mains start today even as Covid-19 cases cross 36 lakh

The National Testing Agency (NTA) is going ahead with the JEE-Main starting today with elaborate arrangements to ensure social distancing at JEE exam centres as coronavirus cases cross the 36 lakh-mark in India.

The JEE Main exams are starting today for which nearly 16 lakh engineering aspirants had registered. While the governments of Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have assured students that they will provide transportation to candidates, a group of IIT alumni and students have also launched a portal to provide transport facilities to exam centres for the candidates in need.

Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhiyal 'Nishank' has appealed to the chief ministers of various states to support the students appearing for the exam. The JEE-Main exams are starting after days of protest and a full blown political row with several state governments moving the Supreme Court against the Centre’s decision. There has been a growing chorus for postponing JEE-Mains and medical entrance exam NEET amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases. The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Mains for admission to engineering courses in IITs, NITs and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) is scheduled to be held from September 1 to 6. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is scheduled on September 13. As many as 8.58 lakh candidates have registered for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main and 15.97 lakh have registered for NEET.