The central government on Friday said the JEE and NEET entrance tests have been delayed to the last week of May keeping the three-week national lockdown.
“Since parents and students have to travel to different examination centres, to avoid any inconvenience to them, I have directed the National Testing Agency to postpone NEET (UG) 2020 and JEE (Main) till last week of May,” said Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal in a tweet. While JEE was scheduled for April, NEET was set for May 3.
JEE, NEET Exams Postponed to May due to Lockdown
The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), whose marks are used for admission in universities the nation over, was scheduled for May 3.
The HRD Ministry’s National Testing Agency (NTA) postponed the test-taking into account the three-week lockdown just as pending board exams for a few subjects.
Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said the decision has been taken to maintain a strategic distance from any burden to students and parents who need to venture out to various centers the nation over to write the exam.
“In view of hardships faced by both parents and students in view of the covid-19 epidemic, the NEET exam scheduled on May 3 has been postponed,” NTA Director General Vineet Joshi said.
He said, “We are hopeful that we would get back to normal situation relatively soon but for now various concerned ministries and examination boards are examining the scenario to evaluate situation that might necessitate any changes in schedule.
“As of now, the examination is proposed to be held in last week of May. Exact dates will be announced later after assessing the situation,” Joshi said.
The loss of life due to COVID-19 rose to 19 in the nation on Friday and the number of positive coronavirus cases moved to 873, as indicated by the Union Health Ministry.
The government has reported a countrywide lockdown till April 14 to contain the spread of coronavirus.
In the meantime, Vidyamandir classes, which gives training to building and medical entrance tests, is leading its National Admission Test (NAT) online on Sunday.