The National Testing Agency (NTA) has already commenced with the JEE Main 2020 examination from today which is going to last till 6 September 2020. But it seems that the course will not be a smoother one. On the first day of the JEE Main exam, i.e., 1 September 2020, there was an urgent plea (suo moto public interest litigation by a citizen) in the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court seeking postponement of JEE Main 2020 in the flood-affected areas, specifically Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region.
After postponing the national level examination several times, it is finally being conducted. Protests were abuzz when eventually the Supreme Court of India ruled out that the examinations (including NEET) will be conducted on the scheduled date. But NTA is facing significant barriers in the course of smooth conduction of the examination.
Keeping the current scenario in mind, which is as it is making it deplorable for candidates to commute to the examination venue, the flood-hit regions are the worst affected. NTA has decided to consider the representations of JEE Main candidates from these flood-affected areas. NTA put forth in the Bombay High Court that the students need to report to the nearest district authority responsible for conducting the examination and file a petition. After making proper inquiries from the District Collector and the Centre Co-ordinator of Examinations, NTA will decide upon action accordingly.
The JEE Main 2020 examination is scheduled from 1 to 6 September 2020 while NEET 2020 for 13 September 2020. IIT Alumni and students have taken the initiative to lend a helping hand to the needy ones by creating a web portal called “EduRide.” Candidates can register if they want to avail of the facility of the free ride as well. Those who wish to volunteer also need to register. Although it is a benevolent move, there are still lots of such students who don’t have the internet facility as a solution to their problems.