Thousands of Indians tweet #RIP_POKHRIYAL after the Education Ministry decides to hold NEET and JEE exams in September

Thousands of Indians tweet #RIP_POKHRIYAL after the Education Ministry decides to hold NEET and JEE exams in September
Thousands of Indians are running a Twitter campaign against Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal after the government decided to hold National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) in September.

The development comes as India registered nearly 80,000 coronavirus cases in a day — highest a country has ever registered in 24 hours.

#RIP_POKHRIYAL is among the top twitter trends since Monday morning. Over 50,000 Twitter users have been claiming the death of Pokhrial after he said NEET and JEE will not be postponed further.

“#RIP_POKHRIYAL you will be missed our most hated education minister. hope the number of dislikes may become an eyeopener for our pm,” a Twitter user wrote.

Another user said, “Acc. To Ramesh pokhriyal theory 85% of youth have downloaded PUBG that means they are ready to go to borders and take fight.”

The clamour over NEET and JEE has been getting louder ever since the Supreme Court rejected the plea seeking postponement of both the examinations. Several people also disliked PM Modi’s latest Mann Ki Baat video on Youtube to oppose the government's decision.

The Supreme Court ordered that the exams will take place in September. The apex court’s decision triggered a debate across the country among students, parents as well as politicians who believe these exams should be deferred. The Ministry of Education has clarified that the exams will be held as decided earlier.

Several opposition leaders including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee and Uddhav Thackeray raised their voices against holding the exams. Climate activist Greta Thunberg also opposes holding the NEET and JEE exams during this pandemic, calling it 'deeply unfair.

The Education Minister Ramesh Pokhrial on August 27 said that 7.5 lakhs out of 8.58 lakhs candidates in JEE have downloaded admit cards. Whereas, over 10 lakhs out of 15.97 lakhs NEET candidates downloaded admit cards in the last 24 hrs — which shows students want exams to be held at any cost.

“These exams got postponed twice in the past since May-June. 99% of students got the centre of their choice. The National Testing Agency has prepared proper guidelines for these exams. We don't want an academic year to go to waste,” Pokhrial told the media.

NEET 2020 is scheduled for September 13, while the JEE Mains is to be held between September 1 to September 6.

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