HRD Min forms panel to assess situation for conduct of NEET, JEE exams

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'

New Delhi (NVI): The Ministry of Human Resource Development today asked the National Testing Agency (NTA) to give recommendations on conducting competitive exams for medical and engineering courses amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

In this regard, MHRD has formed a panel to review the schedules for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) — for undergraduate engineering courses—and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) — for undergraduate medical courses — which are slated to be held later this month.

NEET is scheduled to take place on July 26, while, JEE is to be held from July 18-23.

HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal announced the decision in a tweet, saying Director General, National Testing Agency has been asked to look into the issue of whether JEE and NEET-UG can be held this month in light of the COVID pandemic.

Pokhriyal said the panel has been asked to submit a report by Friday.

“Looking at the prevailing circumstances and requests received from students appearing for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET), a committee consisting of Director General National Testing Agency and other experts has been advised to review the situation and submit its recommendations to the HRD Ministry latest by tomorrow,” Ramesh Pokhriyal said.

Last week, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) canceled the pending board exams scheduled between July 1-15 due to the pandemic situation.