Dr. Subramanian Swamy (Member of Parliament) has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to direct the Ministry of Education to postpone the upcoming competitive exams. The letter dated 21st August 2020 is concerned with the commencement of the upcoming JEE NEET and other Competitive Exams.
Dr. Swamy has depicted that the situation of the country claiming that the infrastructure of India is not yet in place to conduct JEE/NEET and other competitive exams. The JEE (Main) is scheduled to be held between 1-6 September whereas NEET exams are scheduled to commence on 13th September.
Subramanian Swamy Says Conducting Exams Will Risk Careers & Lives
In his letter to the PM, Subramanian Swamy has illustrated the condition of Mumbai where there are no public transport facilities available for the time being. Also, several people from the adjacent areas of Mumbai have arrived back in the city. Conducting exams in the extreme coronavirus situation will risk the lives as well as the careers of students. He added that the exams are certainly crucial for students since these exams are likely to make or break their future.
Subramanian Swamy asserted that the commencement of exams may lead to a large number of suicides across the country. A large number of students across the country have registered themselves for these exams. While the coronavirus pandemic and the lack of transport facility might turn out to be a hindrance to them.
JEE/NEET & Other Competitive Exams After Diwali
Subramanian in his letter further requested PM Narendra Modi to direct the Ministry of Education that these exams can be conducted even after Diwali. He further added that he had also spoken to Ramesh Pokhriyal regarding the matter. As per the letter, Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal was sympathetic to Dr. Subramanian’s suggestion. He added that the issue is severe and further requested PM Narendra Modi to direct the Ministry of Education to delay these exams till Diwali.
As per the reports, the decision on postponement of JEE/NEET and other entrance/competitive exams will be taken after 15th August. There are also reports that the Ministry of Education is also going to conduct meetings with home and health ministry officials. The meeting will be held to discuss the health and safety protocols amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Supreme Court of India had earlier deported the petition seeking postponement of JEE and NEET exams. The court in its decision concluded that it cannot hold the careers of the students at risk. However, the director of IIT Delhi had said that if the entrance exams are postponed further, the institute might have to cancel the admissions for the 2020 batch.