New Delhi:National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET 2020 and Joint Entrance Examination, JEE Main 2020 are scheduled for September 2020. Supreme Court of India has rejected the plea to postpone the entrance examinations any further. Following that, many political leaders including Subramaniam Swamy, Rahul Gandhu, Uddhav Thackeray, Mamata Banerjee, et al, have asked Centre to postpone exams.The fresh guidelines came after the NTA issued admit cards for the two exams scheduled to be held in September.
Among the instructions, students need not mandatorily need to wear face mask and hand gloves while giving the exams, but they are instructed to carry a personal bottle of water and hand sanitizer to the exam centre as well as maintain social distancing.
Apart from these items, only the Admit Card will be allowed inside the examination centre. However, the candidate will be required to remove the mask worn by him or her from home, and “use the mask provided at centre only۔To avoid crowd at the examination centre entrance due to candidates reaching together, they will be given staggered time slots for reporting. The staggering of time slots will be done to ensure uniform distribution of candidates across rooms during entry at the examination centres.
A prior communication on this process of staggered entry will be shared with the candidates through admit card and through SMS.
Candidates need to maintain a space of at least 6 feet from each other at all time.Some politicians have also lent support to students and requested PM Modi and Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to defer the exams. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to postpone the JEE and NEET exams due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation, saying the lives of students should not be put at risk by taking such “unilateral and bureaucratic decisions”.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has also come out in support of students demanding postponement of competitive exams like JEE and NEET 2020, he took to Twitter and listed 13 reasons for the postponement of competitive exams this year considering circumstances induced by the Coronavirus pandemic which included transportation, he stated “Given that Public Transport and Trains are already shut down by the State and Central governments, how can we expect the poor students to arrange private vehicles in these conditions and as such, there is a high demand for these. In addition, the parent(s) cannot travel with these very young children which only complicates the situation further.”