NEET 2020 postponed; to be held on 13th September: HRD Ministry Decision
New Delhi: The much-awaited decision on the conduction of NEET 2020 is finally here. The Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ''Nishank'' has announced that the NEET 2020 will be held on September 13th. The announcement was released based on a report submitted by a panel of experts.
Approximately 16 lakh have registered for NEET this year.
This was announced in a tweet by the Minister wherein he stated, "NEET examination will be held on 13th Sept"
Keeping in mind the safety of students and to ensure quality education we have decided to postpone #JEE & #NEET examinations. JEE Main examination will be held between 1st-6th Sept, JEE advanced exam will be held on 27th Sept & NEET examination will be held on 13th Sept. pic.twitter.com/klTjtBxvuw— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) July 3, 2020
Recently, a panel was constituted to take a call on the matter and give its recommendations by review the situation for conducting medical and engineering entrance exams NEET and JEE amid concerns over a spike in COVID-19 cases.
Medical Dialogues reported that this came after the major debate going on after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) last week cancelled pending board exams scheduled from July 1 to 15. This led to a major hue and cry amongst the parents as well as MBBS and Engineering aspirants with many demanding that entrance exams of NEET 2020 and JEE 2020 be also be cancelled in the light of the coronavirus situation
While medical entrance exam NEET is scheduled on July 26, engineering entrance exam JEE is scheduled to be held from July 18-23. Parents and students have raised concerns about conducting the exams in July.
"Looking at the prevailing circumstances and requests received from students & parents appearing for JEE and NEET examinations, a committee consisting of officials from the National Testing Agency (NTA) and other experts has been advised to review the situation and submit its recommendations latest by tomorrow," Nishank had said.
Besides the issue on the conduct of NEET exam, there has also been debates of the NEET exam centres. Medical Dialogues team had recently reported that around 4000 Indian students in Gulf countries, the majority from Kerala under the aegis of Kerala Muslim Culture Centre, Qatar, have now moved the Supreme Court seeking a directive to the Centre and the National Testing Agency (NTA) to either allot centres for NEET 2020 overseas or the postpone the entrance exam till the COVID situation improves.