After a day-long on-line assembly of chief ministers of opposition-ruled states, the Congress on Wednesday introduced it is going to maintain protests throughout the nation on Friday towards the centre’s transfer to push forward with all-India entrance exams for engineering and medical programs amid the coronavirus disaster.
“Consistent with concerted opposition to this senseless and dictatorial transfer of the central authorities, Congress might be holding protests on Friday at 11 am in entrance of central authorities workplaces at state and district headquarters. They are going to oppose the choice of the federal government to carry these exams in the course of the pandemic,” Congress normal secretary KC Venugopal mentioned in a press release.
“Whereas holding exams throughout Covid disaster has put college students in a state of utmost psychological stress, the grim flood scenario in states like Assam and Bihar will additional put college students from these states at a extreme drawback,” Mr Venugopal mentioned.
Throughout at present’s assembly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had advised they need to collectively go to the Supreme Court docket and search to defer holding the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the Nationwide Eligibility cum Entrance Take a look at (NEET). After the assembly – Congress president Sonia Gandhi additionally attended – Punjab Chief Minister ordered the state’s Lawyer Common to talk to his counterparts in different states and draw a blueprint for an attraction within the prime court docket.
The centre has mentioned it determined to carry the exams based mostly on suggestions from dad and mom and college students, who don’t need to lose the educational yr. The Nationwide Testing Company that conducts key entrance exams within the nation has additionally backed the centre’s choice as an try “to avoid wasting one tutorial yr”.
The NTA mentioned if the doorway exams are postponed additional, they are going to put college students of presidency schools at a drawback as towards personal school college students who don’t want to look for aggressive exams and have already began an internet module.
A gaggle of over 100 academicians on Thursday has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi exhibiting assist over the choice to carry the JEE and NEET subsequent month. “Like yearly, this time additionally, tens of millions of scholars have handed Class 12 exams and are actually ready at dwelling desirous to take the following step. The federal government has declared its choice to conduct the JEE and the NEET… We wholeheartedly welcome this transfer,” mentioned the letter signed by over 100 academicians.