NEET 2020: #ResignNishankPokhriyal trends on twitter
New Delhi: With the Central government remaining firm on its stand on holding NEET 2020 for MBBS entrance in the country as scheduled, students and families have now taken to twitter to show their objections.
The students, parents as well as activists are now demanding the resignation of Union education Minister Nishank Pokhriyal with hashtag #ResignNishankPokhriyal gaining momentum.
The students have been raising voice seeking postponement of the MBBS entrance exam since the announcement of the NEET 2020 exam date which has been scheduled for September 13th.
Yesterday, hearts of lakhs of NEET 2020 aspirants had started pounding ever since Subramanium Swami tweeted that an emergency meeting is underway to decide the fate of conduction of the MBBS entrance exam this year. Seeking primary intervention, the minister had also written an urgent letter to the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi.
"There is widespread desperation amongst the youth since this exam is make or break for them and they have to take it fully prepared," Swamy said in the letter to Modi, adding that the required infrastructure for conducting these exams (amid the pandemic) is also not in place in the country. "I request you to please inform the Ministry of Education that these exams can be conducted after Deepavali. I have spoken to Ramesh Pokhriyal and he was sympathetic to my suggestion but naturally since this would require your concurrence, hence I am writing this urgent letter to you. Please direct the Ministry of Education delay these examinations till after Deepavali," he said in the letter to the prime minister, quotes PTI.
Medical Dialogues had been reporting about the deliberations made by various authorities on the conduction of NEET 2020 keeping in view the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Recently, the Supreme Court had put a stop to all the confusion regarding the conduct of NEET 2020 for this year's MBBS and BDS admissions, the Supreme has held that there will be no postponement of the MBBS entrance exam.
The SC bench headed by Honourable Justice Arun Mishra had held, "The postponement of the NEET/JEE will put the 'career of students in peril", and hereby dismissed the plea filed by petitioners opposing the conduct of exam on September 13, who had urged the SC to give directions to the Centre to conduct NEET and JEE exams only after normalcy is restored in the country, post the COVID-19 crisis.
The situation in the country is so extreme that a few days after the apex court's decision, student committed suicide at her residence due to fear of the upcoming entrance exam, NEET.
Subsequently, a press statement was released implying the firmness of the government on holding the MBBS entrance exam on the scheduled date.
The NEET (UG)-2020 exam is now scheduled on 13-09-2020 and the total of 15,97,433 Candidates are registered for the same. The Admit Cards will be released shortly. Overall, 99.87% Candidates will be accommodated against their first preference of Centre City, a recent release said
Meanwhile,Twitter became a hotbed for reactions and even memes with some students and netizens asking the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to pay heed to their demands.
Some of the tweets calling out the Union education minister include: