NEET-JEE controversy: Safe to take exams, no need for politics on it, says Ramesh Pokhriyal
The Union Minister of Human Resource and Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal, on Thursday, released a statement stating why the controversial exams the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) will not create a problem for students who people who are concerned about the spread of Covid-19. The 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.
"Safety and career of students are important for us. NTA has prepared proper guidelines and SOPs for these exams, "Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union HRD Minister said.
The ministry has previously mentioned that the parents are asking about the exams and datasheets. "These exams got postponed twice in the past since May-June. Maximum students, parents have given their acceptance for via mails and other sources in favor of conducting the exams, " said Ramesh Pokhriyal said.
Further, he mentioned that the NTA has arranged for exam centers as per the convenience of students so that they would not have to travel, and as of now "99% of students got the center of their choice".
He corroborated the decision taken by the Government mentioning the verdict pronounced by the Supreme Court of India. "After hearing all the arguments, the Supreme Court has also said that we cannot spoil an academic year of the students," Pokhriyal said.
The numbers are indeed in favor of the step taken by the government as out of 8.58 lakh students 7.50 lakh have downloaded their JEE admit cards. While NEET admits cards have been downloaded by as many as 10 lakh students out of 15.97 lakh in total.
In order to ensure that the government has taken stringent steps for the safety of the students, Ramesh Pokhriyal, informed, "Frequent meetings are happening between NTA and states for better coordination."
"Education Secretary is also in touch with state counterpart," he added.
With students already protesting against the JEE-Main and NEET exams, several influential personalities from activist Greta Thunberg to Bollywood actor Sonu Sood are tweeting against this step of the government.
The stir was backed by 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.