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#HealthoverNeetJee, #NoExamsInCovid still trending on Twitter, NEET-UG speculated to be postponed once again

New Delhi: NTA receives a demand from thousands of NEET 2020 and JEE Main 2020 aspirants from all over the country regarding the postponement of the entrance exams. The COVID-19 situation in India is nowhere on the verge of becoming better and is more likely to become worse in the coming month.

Hence, the government is deliberately pushing back the exam dates for the key medical and engineering exams. HRD Ministry along with the ministry of health and welfare (for NEET-UG) is likely to announce their reply to these petitions on Tuesday after the Supreme Court’s hearing.

NEET-UG is scheduled to be conducted on July 26 and JEE Main, from July 18 – July 23, 2020. As the exams are knocking the door, Twitter is getting flooded with hashtags such as #Studentslivesmatter and #HealthOverNeetJee. In fact, every tweet by Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union Minister of HRD, has been responded to by the students, making the same demand for postponement.

A tweet such as “Jai Jagannath Ji” was also responded by troubled students with hashtags such as #NoExamsInCovid, #postponejee, #HealthOverNeetJEE, and #Studentslivesmatter.

As per an HRD source, the ministry is waiting for the Supreme Court hearing to act upon this matter. “The exams are likely to be further postponed but the new dates will have to announced only after reviewing the prevailing conditions.” If the institution remains closed for the month of July and mid-August, due to a surge in cases, it is impossible to conduct the exams.

An HRD official says, “For NEET-UG schools and college serve as centres and therefore the invigilators have to be there. In case the institutions remain closed, the exams will have to be rescheduled.

On the other hand, an NTA official said that the agency is waiting for the instructions from MHRD before making a statement.

Now, the final decision lies in the hands of the Supreme Court. Whether the government will act for or against the appeals of thousands of students, we will soon come to know.