Amid strong resistance for conducting NEET-JEE exams despite the pandemic, several IIT directors have now openly spoken in favour of holding the exams in September as they fear for a zero academic year. While academics is already disrupted due to the virus, the directors say quick alternative will dilute the quality of education and will have cascading effects. Urging parents to have faith in the system, Virendra Tewari, Director of IIT Kharagpur asked aspirants to take it up as a challenge to prove their mettle. Tiwari said having a blank year will be bad for both students and institutions. Concerned about the further delay, IIT Ropar Director Sarit Kumar Das asked if the institutions were prepared to have 2 first year batches together next year. The entrance exam for medical and engineering courses have been postponed twice so far due to pandemic. Although students and parents have demanded another postponement, the National Testing Agency says over 17 lakh students have already downloaded their admit cards.