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Protests erupt in the country over the holding of NEET and JEE; several leaders decide to move SC

As the conversation around the postponement of the JEE and the NEET examinations rages in the country, seven chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states decided to jointly move the Supreme Court on the issue.

Protests erupt in the country over the holding of NEET and JEE; several leaders decide to move SC
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As the conversation around the postponement of the JEE and the NEET examinations rages in the country, seven chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states on Wednesday, August 26, decided to jointly move the Supreme Court on the issue.

Moreover, Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi held a meeting in order to discuss the issues regarding the examinations at large agreeing to the need for filing a review petition urging the Supreme Court to reconsider its recent order rejecting the postponement of the competitive exams.

The Chief Ministers who were present in the meeting were Maharashtra's Uddhav Thackeray, who is heading the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government, West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee, Punjab's Amarinder Singh (Congress), Jharkhand's Hemant Soren (JMM), Rajasthan's Ashok Gehlot (Congress), Chhattisgarh's Bhupesh Baghel (Congress) and Puducherry's V Narayanasamy (Congress).

CM Thackeray, speaking at the meeting chaired by Gandhi asserted that it was not possible to conduct the examinations at this point of time adding that the future of students was of paramount importance. He further cited the example of the United States of America where 97,000 children tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the last two weeks, in the month of July. Furthermore, Thackeray concluded that such a situation in the country could pose to be dangerous.

Meanwhile, the National Testing Agency (NTA) had earlier issued certain guidelines that should be followed in order to safely conduct medical and engineering entrance examinations NEET and JEE in the month of September.

The steps that the NTA is touted to take are expanding the number of examination centres, alternate seating plan, fewer candidates per room and staggered entry and exit. These rules are being introduced keeping in view the ongoing pandemic in a bid to adhere to the social distancing norms.

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