BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: Global icon and climate activist Greta Thunberg has tweeted in favour of the students who want the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) to postpone in this coronavirus pandemic.
She said that is “deeply unfair” that students of India have been asked to sit national exams during the Covid-19 pandemic. The climate activist, who has 4.1 million followers on Twitter also, said “millions have been impacted by the extreme floods.”
“It’s deeply unfair that students of India are asked to sit national exams during the Covid-19 pandemic and while millions have also been impacted by the extreme floods. I stand with their call to #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID,” she tweeted.
It’s deeply unfair that students of India are asked to sit national exams during the Covid-19 pandemic and while millions have also been impacted by the extreme floods. I stand with their call to #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) August 25, 2020
From Tamil Nadu leader MK Stalin, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, several top leaders have written letter seeking postponement of the above entrance exam.
Mamata Banerjee had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday seeking postponement of NEET and JEE examinations that are scheduled to be held in September. Mamata said she had expressed her views against the UGC guidelines that required completing terminal examinations in universities/colleges across the country by the end of September 2020.
The Supreme Court asked the government to allow students to come via Vande Bharat Mission flights to give the exams. The NEET medical entrance exam and the JEE for admission into the IITs will be held as per schedule, the Supreme Court said on Monday. “The careers of students cannot be put under jeopardy,” the top court said as it dismissed a petition by 11 students to defer the exams due to the coronavirus crisis.
The Medical Council of India also told the top court that the postponement of the NEET any further shall be a “drastic deviation” from the academic schedule which may affect the subsequent academic years of the students.
The two exams are scheduled to be conducted in September. “Life cannot be stopped. We have to move ahead with all safeguards and all… Are students ready to waste one whole year? Education should be opened up. Covid may continue for a year more. Are you going to wait another year? Do you know what the loss to the country and peril to the students is?,” Justice Arun Mishra, who headed a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court, said.