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Petition Filed at Supreme Court On Conducting NEET 2020 After COVID-19 Subsides

After parents writing to Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, now students have started their petition against conducting NEET 2020 amid COVID-19. 11 students of 11 states have filed a petition at Supreme Court demanding further postponement of NEET 2020 and JEE Main until the COVID-19 pandemic is under control in India. The petition was filed by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastav on behalf of all the 11 students. The grounds of petition are indefinite postponement of CLAT and cancellation of board exams by the government.

Previously, a group of parents had written to Education Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal, demanding that the entrance exams like NEET 2020 and JEE Main be cancelled amid COVID-19, as it poses a health risk to their children and the whole family. In a recent report, KCET was held in various districts in Kerala where almost 60 asymptomatic students were found COVID-19 positive. Important thing to note here is that the number of appearing candidates was almost 1.5 lakh, around 10% of NEET (UG) candidates.

On the other hand, many students want to get over with the exams as not conducting the exams could be detrimental for their career. It could affect the whole academic year for them and delay their studies.

As per the petition filed at Supreme Court, there are three major demands of students-

  1. Entrance Exams such as NEET must be conducted only after order is re-established post the COVID-19 crisis.
  2. Test centres must be increased. There should be at least one exam centre in each district of India.
  3. Students and aspirants of NEET (UG) or JEE Main should be provided a fresh opportunity to fill application forms and select exam centres from scratch.

Currently, NEET (UG) 2020 is scheduled for 13th September 2020, after multiple postponements. The NEET 2020 Admit Card might be released 15 days before the exam date, which could be near the end of August. Do comment over what should be proposed by the government!

#PostponeJEE_NEETinCovid Starts Trending on Twitter, Students Want NEET 2020 Postponed

COVID-19 has stopped students from going on streets and starting a movement against conducting NEET 2020. However, these movements are now being run on the internet, as usual. With the help of twitter and facebook, students are trending the hashtag – #PostponeJEE_NEETinCovid to bring the attention of authorities. Various exams conducted recently, such as KCET had no social distancing between students even after several assurances from the authorities. 60 students who were attending this exam were found COVID-19 positive.

The NEET 2020 is scheduled to be conducted a week after JEE Main 2020 i.e. on 13th September 2020. The date is almost 43 days away from the date of publishing this article. As of today, the number of daily COVID-19 cases in India have reached a new record of 57,000+. Within every two days, the country is adding 1 lakh cases. Many are justifying this jump due to an increase in testing in the past few days. However, it shows that the country might not be able to cover the gap of active vs recovered cases of COVID-19.

The Aam Aadmi Party, Bihar has supported students for this cause by tweeting with the hashtag.

It is no doubt that the regular rise in cases has worried students and parents. UGC guidelines on conducting final year exams for colleges have already faced backlash from students. Meanwhile, Delhi University cancelled their exams until the situation was back in control. In another tweet, the National Secretary of All India Students’ Association (AISA), also tweeted in support of students.

Students have been regularly posting tweets and tagging the education minister, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal, to postpone or even cancel the NEET 2020 exam. He has regularly ensured that health and safety of students is the first priority. Moreover, schools and colleges have been shut for another month. It is clear that the decision to postpone NEET 2020, which will have a participation of at least 15 lakh students altogether, would ensure safety of students only. Although, there has been no statements regarding postponing the medical entrance any further.

SC Urges Central Govt. and MCI to Respond on Plea for NEET Aspirants in Gulf Countries

New Delhi: On July 29, after receiving pleas from 4,000 NEET aspirants, Supreme Court asked the Central Government and Medical Council of India (MCI) to give a suitable response on setting up NEET exam centers in Gulf countries. The bench headed by Justice L Nageswara was behind issuing the notice to the Central Government and the MCI.

The plea of those 4000 aspirants proposed to postpone the exam until the pandemic situation eases down. Parents belonging to Doha, Qatar, Oman and UAE sought response from the highest dignitaries after Kerala High Court rejected their proposal.

Criticizing NTA, Abdul Azeez, the general secretary of Kerala Muslim Culture Center in Qatar said that if the authority wants, they can open NEET exam centers in Gulf countries as they have done for JEE Main.

The plea to the Supreme Court mentioned that NTA would only open examination centers if MCI gives a green signal. On the other end, MCI on May 21 had conveyed the message to the apex government that NEET 2020 online examination is not possible.

The plea said, “During these exceptional circumstances, the MCI and the Union government need to be flexible so as to facilitate these students to sit for NEET.”

A lot of students from the Gulf countries had tried to travel to India via the Vande Bharat Mission flights in order to sit for NEET examination to get themselves enrolled in MBBS and BDS courses in medical colleges. However, they could not get hold of seats on these flights as they are prioritizing those who are stuck abroad.

NEET PG and MDS 2020 Provisional Mop-up Result out, Final Result to be Declared Today

DGHS (Directorate General of Health Services) in lieu of the Medical Counselling Committee has declared the provisional results of NEET PG and MDS 2020 Counselling mop-up round for the Central and other universities at mcc.nic.in. The result is available at the official website in the PDF form. According to the provisional results, a total of 1,666 haven been shortlisted for Central and Deemed PG Medical Institutes and 117 for Central and Deemed MDS Institutes.

The authority had also directed the candidates to inform about any kind of discrepancy in their results via mail at mccresultquery@gmail.com by July 21, 2020, till 2:00 pm.

Notice by the Authority NEET PG and MDS 2020 Final Result

Check NEET PG Counselling

Follow the steps mentioned below to download the Provisional Mop-up Round Result

  • Visit the official website at mcc.nic.in.
  • Then hit on the Mop-up round allotment list link. The result is available in PDF form.
  • Search your roll number by using the shortcut key Ctrl+F.
  • Cross-check your credentials and download the result for any future references.

Download the Provisional Result here

What after NEET PG/MDS mop-round Result?

After the mop-up round result, selected candidates can download the allotment letter NEET PG/MDS and then either CHOOSE or WITHDRAW from the allotted seat. The selection letter includes all the credentials and other information such as rank, allotted college, and so on. On opting to “choose” the allotted seat, the aspirants can report to the college with the letter showing the completion of the admission process.

The final round for the Mop-up Round of PG Counselling will be declared today (July 22, 2020).

Tamil Nadu Government Approves 7.5% “Quota Within Quota” in Private Colleges for MBBS Intake

Live Update: Within the existing reservation in undergraduate medical courses, the Tamil Nadu cabinet has approved a 7.5% quota. This quota has been approved for government higher secondary schools’ candidates passing NEET 2020. The Cabinet meeting, which was headed by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami at the Secretariat, voted in favor of granting approval to the six companies who proposed an investment of Rs 5000 crore to Tamil Nadu. 

As per the official sources, “The Quota within Quota covers government seats in private colleges too.”

After seeking exemption from NEET-UG, Tamil Nadu had faced stiff from the opposition including Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), citing the welfare of students, especially from rural areas. 

Check | NTA Extends the Deadline for NEET Form Correction till July 20, Check Details

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, NEET 2020 is all set to be taken by 16.84 lakh candidates on September 13, 2020. NEET Form correction window is open till July 20th, 2020 for the candidates to make corrections with respect to their exam centers, photographs and signatures. 

NTA will conduct the exam conforming to all the necessary measures and maximum safety guidelines issued by the government.

Live Update: NTA Extends the Deadline for NEET Form Correction till July 20, Check Details

The deadline to make corrections in application forms of NEET and other exams has been extended by NTA. The form correction window which was supposed to be opened till July 15, 2020, will remain open till July 20, 2020, now.

The form correction facility for NEET and other exams such as JEE, UC NET, IGNOU OPENMAT, Ph.D., etc will remain open till 20th July to make corrections in exam centers, photographs, signatures, and so on.

NEET Form Correction till July 20

Check out NEET Photo Size Format and Guidelines

The decision to extend the deadline comes from the fact that “Some of the candidates have uploaded Photograph/ Signature which is illegible or has uploaded Photographs with Mask; such candidates are advised to upload clear photograph/signature of the desired specification (as detailed in Annexure – A) to avoid cancellation of their candidature.”  says NTA.

Earlier this month NTA revised NEET exam dates owing to the pandemic of COVID-19. The exam will now be conducted on September 13, 2020. Similarly, JEE Main will be conducted from September 1 to September 6, 2020.

For further information and queries, candidates can contact the NTA authority at the following number, 8287471852, 8178359845, 9650173668, 9599676953 and 8882356803 or by visiting the official website at nta.ac.in.

NTA Might Be Revising Dates For NEET UG 2021 Soon

It is being reported that NTA is considering revising the dates of NEET 2021. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the delayed NEET 2020 Exam Dates. The postponing of the current year dates of NEET and JEE Main has already caused trouble with the academic calendar for students. The decision on NEET 2021 dates would be taken only after the situation of COVID-19 spread is under control and schools are set to re-open.

For now, schools and colleges are shut until 31st July 2020. There’s varying response from various authorities over reopening the schools and colleges and thereby conducting the exams that have not been conducted due to the country-wide lockdown. However, most of the universities are conducting open-book online exams which are now being seen as the new normal.

Delay in 2020, Means Delay in 2021

The dates for NEET 2020 have been postponed twice since March 2020. Considering the gap of around 2 months, it is unlikely that the COVID-19 situation in the country would come under control so soon. This could mean another delay in the NEET 2020 exams. The new date for NEET 2020 is 13th September 2020.

If that happens, it is likely that the NEET 2021 Application Forms could not be released by Nov-Dec 2020. Moreover, the possibility of conducting the JEE Main January 2021 session by NTA will also come at a halt. The dates for a lot of other exams might coincide such as CBSE Boards, NEET (UG), JEE Main and JEE Advanced. This will put pressure on authorities, as well as, hamper the performance of students in respective exams. This is also another reason why NEET 2021 dates might be shifted from the expected dates.

Another reason for this delay could be the inappropriate time for preparation. Most of the students start their preparations from class 11th. Delay in class 10th results and admissions to class 11th have caused a gap in preparations of NEET and other competitive exams. Similarly, students of class 11th and 12th are deprived of classroom education due to closure of schools and coaching institutes amid COVID-19 pandemic. This has deteriorated their preparations for the NEET 2021 examination.

In such a situation, it seems that the best option for NTA would be to postpone the dates for NEET 2021. Another relief that can be provided is a reduction in the NEET Syllabus for students, similar to the revised curriculum of CBSE, that has been released recently.

5 Marks can be Awarded to NEET Aspirants Helping in COVID related work, Says Karnataka Minister, Dr K Sudhakar

Bengaluru: Karnataka State Government is considering awarding 5 marks to all the NEET aspirants who are aiding during the pandemic of COVID-19. On July 6, Dr. K Sudhakar said, “About 2,000 medical students who are appearing for PG exams will be utilized for COVID related work. Apart from this, final year nursing students and MBBS students will be deployed at COVID care centres. Government is also considering to award 5 marks in NEET exam for medical students involved in COVID related work.”

Also Read NEET Correction Window Reopened Until 15 July 2020

Sudhakar also said that the state government is pondering on giving risk allowance to frontline health workers who are fighting day and night against the novel coronavirus.

In the live conference, Sudhakar further added, “The State Government is thinking to double the salary of Group D workers and provide risk allowance to all front line workers. A final decision will be made in this regard in 2-3 days. Our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and all corona warriors have been working tirelessly for the past 120 days. Naturally, this has taken a toll both physically and mentally and caused fatigue. Our corona warriors are vulnerable to the infection and the additional allowance is a small step towards boosting their morale.”

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The decision in any regard will be given in 2-3 days. As per the stats, 1,925 corona positive cases were recorded on Monday, taking the total count in the state to 23, 474.

NEET (UG) 2020 Application Form Correction Window Reopened Again Till 15th July

Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal announced the postponement of NEET 2020 exam till 13 Sept 2020. With that, NTA is providing another chance to candidates for NEET Application Form Correction. The NEET Form Correction Facility has been re-opened by the NTA from 4th July to 15th July 2020. As per the public notice by NTA, candidates will be allowed to update their NEET Exam Centre preferences using this correction facility. Along with this, NEET Admit Card 2020 will be released 15 days prior to the exam.

The NEET Form Correction Window will be open only till 5:00 PM on 15th July 2020 and correction fee can be paid (if required) only till 11:50 PM. The additional fee for correction (if required) can be paid via Debit/Credit Card, Net banking, UPI or Online Wallets.

Candidates can access NEET (UG) 2020 Form Correction Window using steps below-

  • Head over to ntaneet.nic.in
  • Click on the ‘Candidate Login’ link

Form Correction Window

  • A new window will open
  • Enter the Application Number and Password, and click on ‘Login’
  • Now you can make edits to your NEET (UG )2020 Application Form
  • Make necessary changes and click on ‘Submit’
  • Once done, pay any required fee and download the updated application form.

NEET 2020 has been postponed until 13th September 2020. Multiple questions are being raised over whether this additional 2 month gap will be enough to curb the COVID-19 pandemic in India. What should the government do? Should NEET 2020 be postponed further or be cancelled completely? Post your comments below! Wash your hands and stay safe!

Live Update on NEET, JEE Main, MHRD declares New Dates

Owing to the novel COVID-19 outbreak, the HRD ministry has finally postponed NEET, JEE Main and JEE Advanced. NEET 2020 exam date is set on September 13, 2020.

NEET, JEE Main and JEE Advanced examinations were supposed to be conducted in the months of April and May. The ministry had to postpone the examinations due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown. It was anticipated that the condition will get better in the month of July and hence all the medical and engineering entrance exams were rescheduled to be conducted this month. NEET 2020 was all set to be conducted on July 26, 2020. 

However, the COVID-19 cases are rising at a dangerous rate, reaching almost 21,000 on July 3. This has made the conducting of exams extremely impossible. Additionally, MHRD and NTA received thousands of messages from NEET and JEE Main aspirants, urging the authorities to postpone the exams as taking these exams would make lakhs of students vulnerable to the virus. 

After the cancellation of CBSE examinations, JEE Main and NEET aspirants grew more anxious. Over the last month, numerous petitions were signed by both Indian and NRI students to act upon this matter. In fact, various hashtags such as #PostponeNEETJEE #NoExamsinCovid were trending on Twitter too.

Yesterday, MHRD set up a panel to discuss the logistics and other factors and asked the experts to send their recommendations by today. Observing the current scenario, NTA and MHRD had no choice but to postpone the exams to September. The news was declared by MHRD minister, Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal in a live webinar with Sunil Chettri and PV Sindhu.

It is quite evident that this tweet by Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” brought a sigh of relief to lakhs of students as it received a commendable 16,000 likes in no time. For now, the authority has set the NEET exam date on September 13, 2020, and NEET Admit Card will be issued 15 days prior to the exam. However, nothing concrete can be said presently, as it is very unlikely that the spread of the virus will curb by the end of August.