NEET, JEE exam row: Over 17 lakh admit cards downloaded, shows students want exams, says Ramesh Pokhriyal
Education minister's comments come at a time when there is a growing chorus for postponement of the medical and engineering entrance exams in view of spike in COVID-19 cases
Over 17 lakh candidates have already downloaded their admit cards for JEE and NEET, and this shows that the students want the exams to be conducted at any cost, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' said on Thursday.
The minister's comments come against the backdrop of a growing chorus for postponement of the medical and engineering entrance exams in view of spike in COVID-19 cases.
"National Testing Agency (NTA) officials told me that over 7 lakh candidates have downloaded JEE-Main admit cards while over 10 lakh aspirants have downloaded NEET admit cards. This shows that students want the exams be held at any cost," Pokhriyal said.
"We have received mails from students and parents who are in favour of holding exams as they have been preparing for the exams from at least two three years," he added.
While the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is scheduled to be held on September 13, engineering entrance exam JEE-Main has been planned from September 1-6. Around 8.58 lakh candidates have registered for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)�Main and 15.97 lakh students have registered for NEET.
These exams have already been deferred twice in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The JEE-Mains was originally scheduled 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.
The JEE Advanced AAT exam is held for admission to undergraduate architecture courses in IITs. The JEE Advanced AAT examination was conducted on 14 September
The first round of counselling for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Postgraduate (NEET PG) 2022 will begin today, 15 September. Candidates may apply for the same by visiting the official web portal of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) at mcc.nic.in
Candidates who get allotment and are keen on joining the course, must report at the OJEE Office, Gandamunda, Bhubaneswar between 20 to 21 September