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NEET, JEE 2020 Exam News and Updates: 99% allotted centres of their choice, says govt as students rue lack of transport, floods

NEET, JEE 2020 Exam News and LIVE Updates: Further delay in conducting medical and engineering entrance exams NEET and JEE will lead to a 'zero academic year' and any quick alternative to the crucial exams will dilute the quality of education and have cascading effects, according to Directors of several Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)

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NEET, JEE 2020 Exam News and Updates: 99% allotted centres of their choice, says govt as students rue lack of transport, floods

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Aug 27, 2020 - 21:00 (IST)

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Gujarat Congress to protest against holding NEET exams

The Gujarat unit of the Congress is reportedly planning to protest on Friday against the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, "which the party alleged is adamant on holding the Joint Entrance Exams (JEE) and the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) against students' wishes amid the coronavirus pandemic," News18 reported.

Aug 27, 2020 - 20:06 (IST)

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Uttar Pradesh cops lathicharge protesting SP workers 

Police in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday lathicharged Samajwadi Party workers who were protesting at the Raj Bhawan "against the Centre's decision to hold all-India joint entrance examinations for graduation courses in medicines and engineering in September amid the coronavirus pandemic", News18 reported.

"SP workers of party's student wing reached the Raj Bhawan in the afternoon and started raising anti-government slogans for organising the NEET and JEE amid the pandemic at “considerable” risks to students," the report said.

Aug 27, 2020 - 17:55 (IST)

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Modi govt 'playing with lives' of millions of youths for JEE-NEET exams: Jakhar

Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar on Thursday accused the BJP-led government at the Centre of "playing with the lives" of youths by being "adamant" on holding JEE-NEET exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jakhar's reaction came a day after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked his state advocate general to coordinate with his counterparts in other Opposition-ruled states for filing a joint review petition in the Supreme Court for the deferment of the all-India joint entrance tests for graduation courses in medicines and engineering amid the pandemic.

Jakhar asked if students' lives were worth 'less' than those of MPs or MLAs for the Modi government. It was for the first time in the history of the Parliament that the seating arrangement of the MPs was being changed on a large scale to ensure their safety, he said in a statement here. "Will it be appropriate to put the health of millions of students who will have to sit together in the examination centers?" he asked.

Aug 27, 2020 - 17:03 (IST)

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How to Download Admit Card for NEET-UG 2020?

 

Step 1: Visit the website - ntaneet.nic.in or nta.ac.in.

Step 2: At the left side of the homepage, under current events, click on the link that reads 'Download Admit Card'.

Step 3: You will be directed to a new page where you will have to enter your application number, password, date of birth in DD/MM/YYYY format, and enter security pin.

Step 4: Press the submit button.

Step 5: Your NEET UG 2020 admit card, or hall ticket, will appear on the screen. Download and take a print out.

Direct link to download NEET 2020 admit card - https://ntaneet.nic.in/ntaneet/AdmitCard/AdmitCard.html

 

 

Aug 27, 2020 - 16:23 (IST)

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Education minister links download of admit cards to student's support of govt move to hold exam

"NTA DG told me that 7.5 lakhs out of 8.58 lakhs candidates in JEE have downloaded admit cards. For NEET, over 10 lakhs out of 15.97 lakhs candidates downloaded admit cards in 24 hrs. It shows that students want that exams are held at any cost," Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal was quoted as saying by News18.

Aug 27, 2020 - 16:17 (IST)

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Delay in JEE, NEET will lead to 'zero year'; quick alternatives can have cascading effects: IIT heads

Further delay in conducting medical and engineering entrance exams NEET and JEE will lead to a 'zero academic year' and any quick alternative to the crucial exams will dilute the quality of education and have cascading effects, according to Directors of several Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Amid the chorus for postponement of the two exams in view of the rising COVID-19 cases, the IIT Directors appealed to students to trust the institutions conducting the exam. Directors of IIT Roorkee, Kharagpur, Ropar, were among those who said that thedecision to conduct exams have been taken after dye consideration and that postponing them further will result in a year laspse for millions of candidates. 

Aug 27, 2020 - 16:04 (IST)

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No rethink on postponing exams, says ministry

 Supporting the demand for postponement of NEET and JEE examinations in view of the coronavirus pandemic, seven chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states have decided to jointly move the Supreme Court on the issue. Meanwhile, the education secretary has said that the government is not going to revisit its decision to hold the exams. According to a report in India Today, Ministry of Education Secretary who just returned from a meeting at the PMO said that the Centre’s decision remains the same and there would be no rethink on postponing JEE and NEET exams.
 
 

Aug 27, 2020 - 15:45 (IST)

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Women candidates in remote villages could be hit the hardest if govt goes ahead with exam

With the exam centres spread across select cities in India, inter-city travel for NEET and JEE aspirants living in tier 3 cities or rural areas is completely unavoidable. Add to this the unique predicament of flood-like situation in several states and orders of partial to complete suspension of public transport in various places. Besides, hotels and lodges have started operations in a very few cities and not every one can afford to pay for these facilities. This has impacted the women candidates the most as they fear they will not be allowed to travel alone and may be asked to drop the exam because travel and stay arrangements have become such a hassle in these times. Journalist Vijaita Singh also reported similar accounts of girls from small places in UP and West Bengal explaining how the absence of public transport could mean they may not be able to take the exam.

Aug 27, 2020 - 15:25 (IST)

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Over 17 lakh students download NEET, JEE admit cards 

Over 17 lakh students have downloaded their admit cards for NEET, JEE exams, amid protests for their postponement due to Covid-19, and floods in some states, News18 reported. According to official data, 9,94,198 students have downloaded their admit cards for NEET (UG) and 7,49,408 students have downloaded admit cards for JEE (Mains).

Aug 27, 2020 - 14:37 (IST)

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JEE, NEET are not exams of Class 3 and 4, says Narottam Mishra on postponement of entrance tests

Amid increasing demand for postponement of NEET and JEE 2020 exams during the coronavirus outbreak, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra on Thursday said 'exams are essential".

In response to the calls of deferring the entrance exams, the minister said, "NEET and JEE examinations are not examinations of class third or fourth. People passing these examinations contribute to nation-building. These examinations are essential. Therefore, this should not be made an issue."

NEET, JEE 2020 Exam News and Latest Updates: Further delay in conducting medical and engineering entrance exams NEET and JEE will lead to a 'zero academic year' and any quick alternative to the crucial exams will dilute the quality of education and have cascading effects, according to Directors of several Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Supporting the demand for postponement of NEET and JEE examinations in view of the coronavirus pandemic, seven chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states have decided to jointly move the Supreme Court on the issue. Meanwhile, the education secretary has said that the government is not going to revisit its decision to hold the exams.

The education ministry has decided to issue a video statement on the issue at 3 pm on Thursday in the wake of the controversy unfolding over its decision to conduct the NEET and JEE entrance exams.

NTA has increased the number of examination centres from 570 to 660 (in case of JEE Main) and 2,546 to 3,843 (in case of NEET (UG) 2020) to avoid overcrowding at centres and to enforce social distancing norms. However, this does not solve the predicament of many a candidates who still need to make travel plans amid the pandemic as these centres are set up in select cities in India.

Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah has criticised the ruling BJP for steamrolling students into taking exam despite the vocal opposition to the move from several quarters

Even as Opposition to the holding of nationwide NEET and JEE exams goes in full swing, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has sought to defend the move, arguing that a majority of students indeed want the exam on the due date.

Over 150 academicians from various universities in India and abroad have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that delaying the medical and engineering entrance exams – JEE-Mains and NEET – any further will mean compromising the future of students.

Referring to the growing chorus against the conduct of these exams in September in view of the rising COVID-19 cases, the academicians said in their letter, "Some are trying to play with future of students to propel their own political agenda".

"Youths and students are the future of the nation but in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, clouds of uncertainty have gathered over their careers too. There are lot of apprehensions about admission and classes which need to be resolved at the earliest," they have said in their letter.

Like every year, this year too millions of students have passed their Class 12 exams and are now waiting at home to eagerly take the next step, the letter said.

"The government has announced the dates for JEE-Mains and NEET…any further delay in conducting the exams will result in waste of precious year for students. The dreams and future of our youth and students cannot be compromised at any cost. However, some are trying to play with the future of our students simply to propel their own political agenda and oppose the government,” it said.

The signatories include academicians from the Delhi University, IGNOU, Lucknow University, JNU, BHU, IIT Delhi and Indian academicians from foreign universities such as University of London, University of California, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben Gurion University, Israel, among others.

"We strongly believe that the central government will successfully conduct the JEE and NEET exams taking full precautions to ensure that the future of students is taken care of and the academic calendar for 2020-21 is rolled out," it added.

Over 14 lakh admit cards for the medical and engineering entrance exams - NEET and JEE - were downloaded after the National Testing Agency (NTA) released them on Wednesday, even as the issue was discussed extensively during a meeting of chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states who decided to jointly move the Supreme Court to seek deferment of these exams.

The issue, which has been a matter of intense public discourse for the past few months, has evoked contrasting views with many backing the holding of the tests arguing that not doing so would result in a zero academic year for students, while the Opposition and a section of activists demanding their postponement in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The issue also took political undertones on Wednesday with opposition leaders attacking the Central government.

While the NEET is planned on 13 September, engineering entrance exam JEE Main is scheduled from 1-6 September. Around 9.53 lakh candidates have registered for JEE-Mains and 15.97 lakh students have registered for NEET.

These exams have already been deferred twice in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

JEE-Main was originally supposed to be held from 7-11 April, but postponed to 18-23 July, NEET-UG was originally scheduled for 3 May, then pushed to 26 July.

They were postponed again and are now scheduled in September.

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