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NEET UG 2020 aspirants urge NTA to postpone exams;tweets cross 3 million against NTA decision

CNM Education Desk 

Millions of NEET aspirants have urged the National Testing Agency to postpone JEE Main and NEET-UG 2020 examinations,scheduled for September 2020.

India crosses  3.11  million Covid-19 cases. 57,542   deaths have been reported,so far. In the wake of such a pandemic situation,how can the National Testing agency move ahead with its NEET and JEE Main exams,scheduled from Sep 1 to 6 and  Sep 13 respectively? Rapid spread of  Covid-19 clusters throughout India pose a threat to the safety of more than 15 lakhs students,examiners and their accompanying parents who are expected to turn out for these tests.

 Who will take safety responsibility for the children and examiners?

Millions of students are engaged in an online campaign against conducting these tests in September.

NEET/JEE aspirants across India have undergone Satyagraha (Hunger strike) ,a call for their justice from the central govt. and NTA.

And,today’s trending tweet is  Politics · Trending #SWAMYJI_HELPJEENEET

And,the hashtag #Satyagrah_AgainstExamsinCovid is trending on Twitter.

#StudentsKeMannKiBaat is another trending subject taken the lead by Congress leaders and public figures who support millions of students across the country.

Millions of NEET aspirants have urged the National Testing Agency and the central government to postpone JEE Main and NEET-UG 2020 examinations,scheduled for September 2020.But,all these appeals fall on deaf ears.
The case had reached even the Supreme Court.

However,the court dismissed the petition,

The current situation in India is not suitable to conduct any examinations,pointed out parents,students and a group of health experts.

As per the WHO youths are equally vulnerable to Covid-19 pandemic.

Millions of tweets are shot at the education ministry and the testing agency NTA.NEET /JEE  2020 has been one of the most trending topics on twitter and other social media platforms for the last few days.And, one of the recent popular tags was  #RIPSUBHASRI_SAVE30LAKH.

Subhasri was a NEET aspirant and she committed suicide when the Supreme Court had dismissed the petition of some parents’ associations,demanding the postponement of NEET-2020.

NTA is firm on its stand to conduct the tests by offering Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) and released its JEE admission ticket and NEET UG guidelines. However,many students  point out total failure in SOP during many state level competitive examinations in Kerala (KEAM), and Karnataka (KCET) and COMEDK exams. SOPs are fine on papers,But,in  a country like India, it would be very difficult to implement.

What medical experts say?
According to expert views, there are some options in front of the agency and the government.
One is postponement of these exams until December by then Covid-19 cases are expected to flatten it’s spread.
“How does #COVID19 spread?Mainly by droplets from person to person, could also be through small droplets or aerosols that remain in air for some time, & through fomites. In closed, crowded settings, aerosol spread could happen & precautions should be taken. The science is evolving.”-Dr.Soumya Swaminathan,Chief Scientist ,WHO.
   JEE and NEET exam centers are crowded closed settings.
Public transportation  is  also a matter of concern for students and parents from remote places. Normal transportation facilities are already disrupted due to the Covid-19 containment rules.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also tweeted on the matter.
“GOI must listen to the #StudentsKeMannKiBaat about NEET, JEE exams and arrive at an acceptable solution.”
Majority JEE/NEET aspirants,being  in an age group of 16-18,parents are to accompany them to exam centers. This would form  crowd in public transportation system, and outside the exam centers.
Even if the SOP is available in the exam halls, who will take responsibility for crowded parents,outside the venue for more than three hours?
Normally,JEE/NEET-UG test duration is three hours.
Many students unions are taking out protest marches against the
NTA moved to conduct the tests as per the schedule.’Some coaching mafia are against the students’ alleged some student wings.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister  Manish Sisodia also asked the center to withdraw from the decision to conduct the tests in an unsafe condition.
Kangana Ranaut raised her voice against conducting these tests and tweeted,strongly.
BJP MP and parliamentarian Dr.Subramanian Swamy has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against conducting NEET/JEE and similar exams in the Covid situation.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appealed to the government to postpone JEE/NEET.
Subramanian Swami’s points:
  1. COVID-19 is increasing rapidly in our country. Rich people are least affected by this. Mostly affected are middle class and lower-middle-class people & these people cannot afford treatment.
  2. Now, more than 50% of cases of COVID are coming from a rural area which worsens the issue of transportation amid lockdown for the poor students to travel.
  3. Since the exam centers are not in every district & in addition many students have also been allotted far off centers. I myself have seen numerous students raising the issue of being allotted centers that are more than 500 KMs away
  4. These students with centers in different cities would have to reach that city at-least a day before which increases their susceptibility of getting infected
  5. Many States have still imposed lock downs this would increase students’ problem in arranging transport and stay if they reach the center a day before

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