Coronavirus: NSUI go on hunger-strike demanding postponement of NEET, JEE (Main) exams
NTA in its statement confirmed that the NEET UG exam 2020 admit cards will be released shortly. The agency had already released the JEE Main 2020 admit card on August 17.
Members of the Congress-affiliated NSUI on Wednesday began an indefinite hunger strike demanding the postponement of the NEET-JEE and fee waiver for six months for students during the pandemic.
The president of National Students' Union of India (NSUI), Neeraj Kundan and president of the Delhi wing of the students' body commenced the hunger strike along with eight other members.
They are also demanding that varsities should not hold exams during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, the NSUI had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding the postponement of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and promoting final year students on the basis of past performance.
Top Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, have requested the government to defer the all-India medical and engineering entrance examinations taking into consideration the concerns raised by a section of students and parents amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia too has appealed to the central government to cancel the medical and engineering entrance exams.
NEET 2020 is scheduled for September 13 while the JEE Mains is to be held between September 1 to September 6. Both of these exams have been postponed a number of times due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The press release refers to the Supreme Court's order which dismissed a plea seeking postponement of the exams amid COVID-19 by stating "We find that there is absolutely no justification in the prayer made for postponement of the examination in question relating to NEET-UG 2020 as well as JEE (Main)".
India's coronavirus tally rose to 32.34 lakh on Wednesday with 67,151 more people testing positive for the infection, while the recoveries have surged to 24,67,758, the health ministry said.