To answer all the primordial questions of the students, the Education Minister of India, Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” held a live interactive session at 10 AM IST today. During the session, the education minister answered the queries of the students regarding the JEE, NEET exam dates, the syllabus reduction for class 12 Boards and much more.
Upon responding to a query raised by a student asking for syllabus reduction of competitive exams by 10-20 percent, the Education Minister said that they are discussing this aspect with all stakeholders and a decision regarding the same will be communicated to the students soon. The minister also added that they will discuss aspects of conducting JEE, NEET more than twice with the concerned parties.
The Minister stated that in order to provide flexibility and reduce stress, it has been decided to give the option to candidates to appear one/two/three/four times in JEE Main 2021 for admission in the coming academic year, he added. The Minister stated that the exam will be held once every month, beginning end of February. The candidate will have the option to appear in one or all months. For ranking of the candidate, his/ her best performance will be considered, he informed.
Pokhriyal further added that they will make sure that the practical exam and exam dates don’t clash. He stated, “We will ensure you get enough time to prepare based on the new format. We are with you.” Adding that the the Central government is giving equal importance to the education and security of the students amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the education minister went on to say,
“For us, your education and your security are equally important to us. Firstly, your security is important, and then, adjacent to that is your education. The slight inconvenience that students have experienced during the lockdown will eventually be wither away.”
Answering to a question on the cancellation of exams for due to pandemic, Pokhriyal negated the chances of any cancellation. “NEET 2021 would be conducted,” he said. The possibility of conducting the exam in either offline or online mode will be further explored.
When a question regarding the reopening of schools cropped in, the Minister said that as many as 17 states have reopened the schools amid low attendance. He further said, “We have let it to the state government for them to decide on the issue.” He concluded that the government has been working constantly to address all the issues and grievances of the students and the security of the students will be of the utmost priority.