Decision on JEE and NEET likely tomorrow after thousands of students request to postpone the exams

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  • The Union Cabinet Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal today announced that the National Testing Agency (NTA) will decide on conducting the entrance examinations by tomorrow (July 3).
  • As per the current schedule rolled out by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), the JEE Mains exam is scheduled between July 19 and July 23, while NEET entrance will be held on July 26, 2020.
  • As many as 17 lakh people will be appearing for the NEET exam this year, Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said, addressing student concerns during a webinar.
Amid the rising number of coronavirus cases, hundreds of students are appealing to the government to defer the entrance examinations including the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).

Owing to multiple requests from students, the Union Cabinet Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal today announced that the National Testing Agency (NTA) will decide on conducting the entrance examinations by tomorrow (July 3).

“Looking at the prevailing circumstances & requests received from students & parents appearing for JEE & NEET examinations, a committee consisting of NTA and other experts has been advised to review the situation & submit its recommendations to MHRD latest by tomorrow,” Pokhriyal said in a tweet.
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As per the current schedule rolled out by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), the JEE Mains exam is scheduled between July 19 and July 23, while NEET entrance will be held on July 26, 2020.

According to reports, around 4,000 Indian students — majorly from Kerala — have appealed to the Supreme Court to postpone the NEET 2020 examination. As many as 17 lakh people will be appearing for the NEET exam this year to get admission in medical courses, Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said, addressing student concerns during a webinar.

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Earlier, the JEE Mains and NEET exams were scheduled between April 5 to April 11 and May 3, respectively.

“Certain competitive examinations like JEE Mains require examinees to travel to other centers and in some cases even to other cities, to appear in the said examination. Also, the dates may clash with rescheduled CBSE and other board exams. Therefore, JEE Mains should be rescheduled and a new date will be announced on March 31, after re-assessment of the situation,” the ministry had said when the exams were deferred.
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