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150 academics write to PM favouring NEET-JEE

Aug 27, 2020 10:26 IST

New Delhi, PTI: Amid calls from opposition and a section of students to delay the NEET-JEE exams due to the Covid pandemic, over 150 academicians have spoken out against any further delay. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, academics from various universities in India and abroad have stated that delaying the medical and engineering entrance exams will mean compromising the future of students. Referring to the growing chorus against the exams, the academicians have said that "some are trying to play with future of students to propel their own political agenda". "Youths and students are the future of the nation but in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, clouds of uncertainty have gathered over their careers too. There are lot of apprehensions about admission and classes which need to be resolved at the earliest," they have said in their letter. Like every year, this year too millions of students have passed their Class 12 exams and are now waiting at home to eagerly take the next step, the letter said. "The government has announced the dates for JEE-Mains and NEET...any further delay in conducting the exams will result in waste of precious year for students. The dreams and future of our youth and students cannot be compromised at any cost. However, some are trying to play with the future of our students simply to propel their own political agenda and oppose the government," it said. The signatories include academicians from the Delhi University, IGNOU, Lucknow University, JNU, BHU, IIT Delhi and Indian academicians from foreign universities such as University of London, University of California, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben Gurion University, Israel, among others. "We strongly believe that the central government will successfully conduct the JEE and NEET exams taking full precautions to ensure that the future of students is taken care of and the academic calendar for 2020-21 is rolled out," it added.