Postpone JEE Main and NEET 2020: Parents’ Group moves to file PIL

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Postpone JEE Main and NEET 2020: Parents' Group moves to file PIL
Adv. Alakh Alok Srivastava on Twitter

The India Wide Parent’s Association is planning to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to demand postponing of NEET and JEE Main 2020 to the end of the year. Both exams are scheduled in September, but the association wants them postponed to December. 

The PIL is likely to be set in motion today itself. “Despite our written request, the Education Ministry and NTA have not yet postponed NEET and JEE Exams. Meanwhile, COVID cases are rising alarmingly, and students are suffering from severe stress and anxiety. So, we are filing a petition in Supreme Court today for postponement of NEET and JEE.”, Alakh Alok Srivastava, the advocate representing the association, said via a tweet. 

The National Testing Agency (NTA) is the authority that conducts the exams. Both students and parents were demanding that the examination shall be postponed since the number of positive cases due to the coronavirus pandemic continues to increase across the country. More than 15 lakh aspirants have applied for NEET 2020, and around nine lakh for JEE Main. The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts NEET once a year to provide admission to the eligible candidates in MBBS/BDS courses. In contrast, the JEE Main exam is usually conducted twice a year in the months of January and April.

About NEET and JEE Main:

National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is an entrance examination for students who wish to study Undergraduate and Postgraduate medical courses (MBBSMDMS) and dental courses (BDSMDS) in government or private medical and dental colleges in the country. It is the most sought-after medical entrance examination.

The Joint Entrance Examination is a national level entrance examination conducted by NTA for admission into Engineering (B.E./B.Tech) and Architecture (B.Arch./B.Plan.) courses in the top CFTIs, like the NITs, IIITs, and SFIs, State Engineering Colleges of the participating states and other participating institutions.

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