By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Aug 29, 2020 16:54 IST
Exclusive: Interview with Education Minister on JEE & NEET Exams, Highlights

In an interview Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank says that we have postponed NEET & JEE Examinations twice, in view of the situation that time. Minister also says that we (Centre government) prioritise the students' safety and quotes "Jaan Hai to Jahaan Hai". Answering a question on demands of postpone of JEE Main and NEET, Minister answers "After much consideration, we decided to conduct JEE Main from 1st to 6th September, we had already delayed it twice. Here are the highlights of the Education Minister's exclusive interview on holding NEET & JEE Exams in September.

1) Have postponed exams twice: The JEE Main examination which was to be held in April month, after reviewing the situation of that time, was postponed to new dates from 18 to 23 July. And again on the demands of students and parents, govt after reviewing the situation re-scheduled the NEET & JEE exams in September month. Similarly the NEET exam which was supposed to take place on 3rd May but now it is on 13th September, says Educaiton Minister Pokhriyal during the interview.

2) Supreme Court has given nod: In an interview with an English daily, Education Minister citing the Supreme Court's order, says that, Government has been given the nod to conduct JEE & NEET Examinations, as reviewing the situation Supreme Court has also said that, no one knows till when Corona ends so, we have to go with this, said Pokhriyal. Defending the National Testing Agency's decision to hold exams in September, Pokhriyal says, Govt cann't waste a full year of the students.

3) Proper travel arrangements: Answering a question on travel restrictions, Education Minister says that, we are in touch with the Home Ministry and Chief Secretaries of the States. The admit cards of the students will work as a pass for the students. This is an exam of states and we're selecting the students, so it is the responsibility of the states also to facilitate the service to each students. 

Read- NEET & JEE Exams in September 2020 Live Updates

4) Close coordination with all states: Answering a question on "Could the centre have taken states on board, before deciding the exam dates? Minister says that It is the examination of states and they share mutual responsibilities. Not even a single state wants that students of particular state don't appear in exams, all state students are ready and we are in close coordination with the states, Minister replies.

For the safety of students, NTA has released detailed guidelines. From safety measures to minimize the rush at examination centres, from the use of technologies, to the number of examination centres, several steps have been taken in this direction, says Minister in the exclusive Interview.

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