The Director of IIT Delhi has backed the Centre's decision to hold the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test and Joint Entrance Examination in September. V Ramgopal Rao said that any further delay in holding these examinations will have serious repercussions on the careers of lakhs of students. He added that if the exams are held in September as scheduled than at least the IITs can start their sessions, online if needed, by December. Rao said that the pandemic situation will last for another year at least and life cannot be in perpetual lockdown. Talking about stress, he said that uncertainty over the exam dates is further adding to stress levels of the students.