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NEET, JEE main 2020 exam row live updates: Review petition filed in SC against August 17 judgement of holding exams

The decision of the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct NEET and JEE exams 2020 in September amid the pandemic has evoked strong response from all over the country. There are voices both in support of conducting the exam on schedule and against it.

The Congress is holding a nationwide protests against the government decision to conduct NEET and JEE exams amid Covid-19 pandemic. Congress party has also decided to organise nationwide online campaign, #SpeakUpForStudentSaftey on Friday from 10am onwards, through videos and posts protesting this government decision, on any of the social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

Meanwhile, a review petition has been filed by ministers from six states – West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan, against the August 17 order of SC allowing central government to hold NEET and JEE in September.

On August 17, the Supreme Court had rejected the plea filed by students to postpone the JEE and NEET saying precious year of students “cannot be wasted” and life has to go on.

Several students and academicians feel that delaying JEE Main and NEET exam any further will mean compromising the future of candidates while the Opposition and a section of activists and students are demanding the postponement of the exam saying it poses risk to life and health of students. Concerns have also been raised about transportation and lodging problems at many places for students whose centres are far away from home.

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains 2020 examination is scheduled to be held between September 1 and 6 and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)undergraduate level exam is scheduled for September 13.

Sonu Sood tweets to provide transportation facilities to JEE, NEET candidates of flood hit states

Actor Sonu Sood tweeted, “Incase #JEE_NEET happens: To all the students who will be appearing & are struck in flood hit areas of Bihar, Assam & Gujrat. Do let me know ur areas of travel. Trying to make ur travel arrangements to reach ur examination centres. No one should miss their exam bec of resources.”

NSUI Telangana President starts indefinite hunger strike

Earlier, on Friday morning NSUI’s Telangana President Venkat Balmoor started an indefinite hunger strike at Gandhi Bhavan.

Review petition filed in SC against conducting the JEE, NEET exams

Review petition filed in Supreme Court against the August 17 order of SC allowing central government to hold NEET and JEE in September. The petition has been filed by ministers from six states – West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan.

Delhi Pradesh Congress President Anil Chaudhary arrested

Delhi Pradesh Congress President Anil Chaudhary who participated in the protest against holding the exams, has been arrested by Delhi Police, INC Delhi tweeted.

Members of NSUI detailed by police during protest in Ahmedabad

Members of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) detained by police in Ahmedabad during a protest against Centre’s decision to conduct JEE & NEET examinations in September

Congress holds protest outside Shashtri Bhawan

Congress has started protesting outside education ministry office,Shastri Bhawan against holding of the JEE and NEET examinations in September amid Covid-19 pandemic.

Rahul Gandhi tweets to ‘Unite voice with lakhs of suffering students’

Former party chief of Congress, Rahul Gandhi tweeted on Friday morning, “Unite your voice with lakhs of suffering students. #SpeakUpForStudentSafety from 10am onwards. Let’s make the Govt listen to the students.”

 

Congress launches campaign against holding JEE, NEET

The Congress on Friday launched a campaign against the government’s decision to hold NEET and JEE exams amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Congress and various opposition parties have demanded that NEET and JEE examinations be deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and floods in parts of the country,

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