Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly issued orders to UMHRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and UMHR officials to make all the arrangements for conducting NEET 2020 on September 13 as scheduled.
Nearly 17 lakh students have registered for NEET 2020 across India.
Lakhs of students and parents across India are expressing severe concern over conducting NEET in the midst of corona pandemic in all the States and demanding postponement of exams.
They are more worried as NEET is conducted in offline mode on a single day. They are tensed that this would lead to crowding of exam centres inside and outside and there is a danger of students, parents and others accompanying them contracting coronavirus.
Despite stiff opposition from lakhs of students and parents over the past one month who demanding postponement of JEE Main, Modi government went ahead with conducting the exam from September 1 as schedule.
But NEET is different from JEE Main. JEE Main is held in a staggered manner in batches from September 1 to 6. All JEE Main students are not required to write exam on a single day.
But NEET students numbering nearly 17 lakh have to write exam on a single day on September 13.
NEET students and parents have already launched a social media campaign demanding postponement of exams which is attractng millions of posts on Twitter and other platforms.
Few are planning to file a petition in the Supreme Court.
However, PM Modi reportedly asked UMHRD minister and officials to go ahead with NEET on September 13 saying that courts will not interfere in this issue and this was proved repeatedly recently with Supreme Court refusing to postpone JEE Main and also refusing to cancel UG/ PG final semester exams and ruled in favour of UGC guidelines making UG/ PG final exams mandatory.
Modi reportedly ruled out postponement of NEET saying that postponement would adversely affect the academic year of students.