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The Ministry for Human Resource Development will announce the new examination dates for NEET 2020 on 5th May 2020, Press Trust of India (PTI) tweeted. New dates for JEE Main 2020 will also be announced on the same date. New dates for NEET will be announced on the official website of NEET 2020 – ntaneet.nic.in – by NTA on behalf of the HRD Ministry. The examination dates along with the release of admit cards have been postponed by NTA to ensure the safety of students amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The dates have been postponed till the end of May 2020 as per the official notice. Many have prospected that the dates of examination will be delayed further until June.
COVID-19 lockdown: HRD Ministry to announce fresh dates for JEE, NEET on May 5
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) May 3, 2020
Will students remain safe?
Soon after the tweet by PTI, users started reacting adversely towards the proposition. A large number of users were mainly concerned about the safety of students. Conducting the examinations amid the growing pandemic poses a risk to the health of a large number of students. Moreover, it is possible that the young students might infect their aged parents too, who are at a higher risk due to increased death rates amongst the aged population. There has been no word regarding what measures will be taken for the safety of everyone, but it might be possible that exam authority has already made a decision on what precautions will be taken. It is being suggested that exam authorities will sanitize exam centers while conducting exams in single shifts over a period of around 2 weeks or 14 days.
Central vs State Lockdown
Many reactions from users were regarding state lockdowns. A bigger question towards the validity of exam dates will be, whether the state government will allow conducting the examination. There have been statements from various state governments that the lockdown in respective states will be followed until the end of June. There has been no clarification on disparity among state and central government over when the lockdown should be lifted off. Moreover, state governments have the power to impose a state-wide lockdown to ensure safety during COVID-19 pandemic. It is uncertain if the exams will be conducted even before June due to this.
While many students and parents felt peace after this announcement. The announcement of dates for NEET 2020 will help students get rid of the anxiety that has been hovering around for so many days. Students will have an assurance of admissions to colleges and universities. Mental pressure due to uncertainty of admissions had been growing among candidates. This announcement will probably help ease down the tensions among students and can focus back on studies.