Top political leaders in India have joined chorus demanding postponement of JEE Main 2020 and NEET 2020, scheduled to be held in September 2020, along with lakhs of students and parents across the country in the wake of corona pandemic.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee became the first CM in India to demand Centre to postpone JEE Main, NEET till the corona situation improves in the country.
Mamata on Monday, August 24, 2020 appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to postpone the JEE and NEET exams due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation, saying lives of students should not be put at risk by taking such "unilateral and bureaucratic decisions".
DMK President M K Stalin too on Monday urged UMHRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to postpone the exams until the spread of COVID-19 was brought under control.
"No decision shall be made in haste putting the lives of students at stake. The government shall act, keeping the well-being and future of students in mind. In the light of the severe difficulties, I sincerely request you to postpone the JEE, NEET exams until COVID-19 is brought under control," the DMK chief urged Centre.
Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray has dashed off a letter to PM Narendra Modi 'requesting him to intervene and postpone all academic activities to do with physical or online examinations across the country, for all professional courses including entrance exams'.
Earlier Congress top leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi demanded the Centre to postpone JEE Main, NEET taking into account the serious concerns raised by students and parents over the health and safety of students.