JEE, NEET entrance exams got clearance from Supreme Court for the conduction. However, many students are not happy with the decision.
According to the leftist All India Students Association (AISA), over 4,200 students observed the day-long hunger strike at their respective homes. They demanded that CBSE compartment exams of Classes 10 and 12 be canceled. Also, JEE and NEET exams should be postponed.
Due to the prevailing pandemic situation, the students wanted these exams to put on a halt.
The protest came on a day Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asked the government to listen to students’ Man ki Baat and arrive at “an acceptable solution”. Also, his party stressed that the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) be deferred.
Using the hashtag, SATYAGRAHagainstExamInCovid, many students also took to Twitter to solicit to the government to hear their demands.
A day ago, Manish Sisodia asserted that the central government should postpone JEE and NEET in view of the COVID-19 situation. He also said a different admission procedure should be used this year and the exams should not be executed.
On Friday, Education Ministry administrators had said the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) and the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG) will be performed in September as planned.
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh asserted student representatives of some universities, including Hyderabad Central University, Aligarh Muslim University, and JNU, have written to the National Testing Agency over issues relating to the recently declared exam date of UGC NET.
Universities and schools across the country have been shut since March 16 when the Centre confirmed a countrywide classroom shut down as part of measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. A nationwide lockdown was notified on March 24, which came into effect the next day and threw economic actions out of gear.
India’s COVID-19 tally scooted past the 30-lakh mark on Sunday, just 16 days after it crossed 20 lakh, while 22,80,566 people have recuperated in the country so far pushing the recovery rate to 74.90 percent, according to the Union Health Ministry report.