Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik requests Postponement of JEE Main, NEET Exam

With the challenging conditions due to COVID-19, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has appealed to the Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to postpone the JEE Main and NEET exam till normalcy is restored.

Any further delay in the examinations might result in deviation from the academic calendar. However, the CM has highlighted the importance of one’s life before career and has made the request keeping in mind the safety and security of the students.

The state has more than 50,000 students appearing in NEET and around 40,000 students in JEE (Main) this year. However, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has opened examination centres for the aforementioned tests in seven townships of the state only.

“In this context, I would like to say that in view of the prevailing COVID pandemic situation in the country, it would be highly unsafe and perilous for the students to visit the test centres physically to appear in these tests. Besides, as frequent lockdown and shutdown are being enforced by the concerned district administrations due to sudden escalation of the COVID positive case locally, the local transportation also gets disrupted”, the CM mentioned in his letter.

He also pointed out the problem which might be faced by students from the vast tribal pockets, located in geographically inaccessible areas. It would be a problem for them to travel long distances with lockdowns being imposed in select districts.

The CM also suggested opening centres over 30 districts of the state. This would ensure the students travel a maximum of 2-3 hours to reach the test centres. As a result, maximum participation will be seen in these tests.

Currently, the NTA has scheduled to conduct the JEE (Main) and NEET 2020 test for admission into the technical and medical courses from September 1-6 and September 13 respectively.