The parties on Thursday opposed the Centre’s decision to hold the JEE and NEET exams in September amid the COVID-19 pandemic and mentioned it fully undermines the well being issues of scholars.

The JEE Main and the Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) can be carried out in September as scheduled, the Ministry of Education officers had earlier mentioned, amid a rising refrain for suspending the essential exams in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the JEE Main is scheduled from September 1-6, NEET is deliberate on September 13.

“Holding NEET-JEE exams now, with growing infections & deaths, would jeopardise the health of young aspirants. Reschedule these exams in a manner that an academic year is not lost,” mentioned CPI(M) normal secretary Sitaram Yechury in a tweet.

In an announcement, his celebration mentioned it was opposing the federal government’s “unilateral” transfer to hold the exams.

“What is most outrageous is the insensitivity to hold these examinations in the physical mode across the country at a time when the pandemic is surging both in the number of infections, as well as, the mounting counts of deaths,” CPI (M) Politburo mentioned in an announcement right here.

The month of August has seen an exponential enhance within the variety of COVID-19 constructive circumstances throughout the nation, it mentioned, including that in the identical time interval, the dying toll has reached practically 60,000 and there’s no signal of the pandemic ending.

The Politburo mentioned whereas the priority about beginning the tutorial session in these establishments for the sake of the way forward for the scholars and people programs is legitimate and comprehensible, it is “grossly premature” to hold it for the time being.

“It completely undermines the health concern for almost a million of some of the brightest of our youth,” the assertion added.

On Wednesday, Chief Ministers from seven opposition-ruled states, at a digital assembly, had determined to transfer the Supreme Court to search deferment of those exams.

The assembly, which was organised by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, was attended by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra CM Udhav Thackeray, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, Chattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Punjab CM Amarinder Singh.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CPI MP Benoy Viswam mentioned NEET and JEE are the largest entrance examinations organised within the nation and regardless of the rising unfold of the pandemic, the Testing Agency has chosen to hold these entrance exams within the month of September, “jeopardising the health and safety of lakhs of students.”

In 2019, roughly 25 lakh college students appeared for these two exams and the same variety of college students are anticipated to seem this yr as effectively.

“Students are scared to sit for these exams not simply in worry of their very own security, however in worry of the security of their households too. They have outdated guardians, coronary heart sufferers, small siblings at residence, who can be beneath severe menace if the candidates catch the an infection at these crowded testing centres.

“All these factors are causing additional mental stress on the students, causing many to not be in a fit mental state to sit for such fiercely competitive exams that will decide their future,” the MP mentioned.

Viswam mentioned the decision to proceed holding these exams regardless of the massive scale protests by college students throughout the nation is very “irresponsible” on behalf of the federal government and places at dangers lives of tens of millions of scholars and their households.

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