Bhubaneswar (TF Bureau): Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday wrote to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to postpone the NEET UG and JEE Main exams in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“National Testing Agency (NTA) has scheduled to conduct the JEE (Main) and NEET, 2020 test for admission into the technical and medical courses on 1st, 6th and 13th September respectively. More than 50,000 students from Odisha are appearing in NEET and around 40,000 in JEE (Main) this year.
However, NTA has opened examination centres for the said tests in seven townships of the State only. In this context, I would like to say that in view of the prevailing COVID pandemic situation in the country, it would be highly unsafe and perilous for the students to visit the test centres physically to appear in these tests,” said CM Naveen while expressing concerns over the safety of students.
Moreover, there will be transportation issues in appearing for the exams due to the frequent lockdowns and shutdowns, said the Chief Minister adding, “Odisha has got vast tribal pockets having geographically inaccessible areas, far away from the urban centres of the State. As such, the students of these areas may be deprived of appearing in these tests, as they will have to travel long distances to come to the exam centres.”
In view of the above, it is requested that the ensuing JEE (Main) and NEET examination may be postponed to a later date to ensure the safety and security of the students, he said.
CM Naveen further informed the Education Minister that to ensure maximum students’ participation in the exams, whenever NTA hold these tests, exam centres should be opened in all the 30 districts of Odisha so that students have to travel maximum 2-3 hours to reach the test centres and go back home the same day.