After the Supreme Court approved the Centre’s decision to cancel the remaining CBSE board X, XII exams, the HRD Ministry and other stakeholders like engineering, medical, and other professional institutions are in a fix about the conduct of the entrance tests for admissions into IITs, AIIMS and other institutions.
HRD Ministry sources said a decision will be taken early next week in this regard after a meeting of the HRD Ministry, the Home Affairs Ministry and the Health Ministry.
The JEE Main 2020 exam are scheduled from July 18 to 23 while the NEET 2020 exam date is July 26. The HRD Ministry is now flooded with requests by students and parents demanding postponement of Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Undergraduate (NEET) 2020.
Ministry sources said early this week, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank held two review meetings with engineering and medical institute officials and the director-general of the National Testing Agency, or NTA, to discuss “various issues” related to education during COVID-19.
National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts NEET and JEE (Main) for lakhs of engineering and medical aspirants from across the country. Sources said if the Ministry decides for postponement then NTA will work on the options of conducting NEET in both online and offline modes in a staggered manner.
The development of last couple of days related to CBSE and ICSE board examinations have made the HRD Ministry to call for an urgent meeting of all the stakeholders to deliberate on the fate of entrance tests.
“After the recent decision on CBSE Board exams, students have sought clarification on JEE and NEET exams too,” said a Ministry official.
Through various platforms including social media students and parents are protesting against the conduct of the entrance exams in July, citing safety concerns and prioritizing ‘health over exams’.
Keeping in view the request received from various State Governments and the prevailing circumstances due to Covid 19 as on date, CBSE decided to cancel the Examinations for classes X and XII which were scheduled to be held from1st July to 15th2020.
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed on proposal of CBSE to cancel the examination and on a scheme to assess the final performance of students in their Classes X and XII exams.
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ expressed his gratitude towards Supreme Court for accepting CBSE proposal of not holding the CBSE examinations of and giving priority to safety concerns of students. Performance of students in the cancelled examination will be done based on the assessment scheme as suggested by competent committee of the CBSE for declaration of result for both Class-X and Class-XII.
Ministry also said that CBSE will conduct an optional examination for class XII students in the subjects theexamination for which were scheduled to be conducted from 1st July to 15th, 2020 as soon as conditions are conducive.
Candidates whose results will be declared based on the assessment scheme will be allowed to appear in these optional examinations to improve their performances, if they wish so.
HRD Ministry officials said that results based upon the aforesaid assessment scheme will be declared by 15th July, 2020 so that candidates can apply and seek admission in Higher Education institutes.
Saturday, 27 June 2020 | Deepak Kumar Jha | New Delhi
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