NEET, JEE Main 2020 exam row Highlights: NSUI leaders stage hunger strikes in Goa, Chandigarh

The decision of the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct NEET and JEE exams 2020 in September amid the pandemic has evoked strong responses from all over the country. There are voices both in support of conducting the exam on schedule and against it.The Congress on Friday staged a nationwide protests against the government decision to conduct NEET and JEE exams amid Covid-19 pandemic. Congress party also organised nationwide online campaign, #SpeakUpForStudentSaftey through videos and posts protesting this government decision, on any of the social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.Ministers from six states - West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan, filed a review petition against the August 17 order of SC allowing central government to conduct NEET and JEE in September.On August 17, the Supreme Court had rejected the plea filed by students to postpone the JEE and NEET saying precious year of students “cannot be wasted” and life has to go on.Several students and academicians feel that delaying JEE Main and NEET exam any further will mean compromising the future of candidates while the Opposition and a section of activists and students are demanding the postponement of the exam saying it poses risk to life and health of students. Concerns have also been raised about transportation and lodging problems at many places for students whose centres are far away from home.The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains 2020 examination is scheduled to be held between September 1 and 6 and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)undergraduate level exam is scheduled for September 13.

National Chairman of NSUI Social Media, Manoj Lubana and Vice-president of PUCSC 2019-2020, Rahul Kumar sit on hunger strike during a protest to postpone JEE-NEET exam, in front of the Congress Bhawan in Chandigarh on Saturday.(ANI)
National Chairman of NSUI Social Media, Manoj Lubana and Vice-president of PUCSC 2019-2020, Rahul Kumar sit on hunger strike during a protest to postpone JEE-NEET exam, in front of the Congress Bhawan in Chandigarh on Saturday.(ANI)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 04:20 PM IST
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07:35 pm IST

Two students write to CJI Bobde, seek postponement of NEET, JEE exams amid pandemic

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NSUI leaders stage hunger strike in Goa

Three leaders of the Congress-affiliated National Students Union of India (NSUI) on Saturday sat on indefinite hunger strike in Goa demanding that JEE and NEET examinations be postponed. Prasenjeet Dhage of NSUI said the fast will continue till the Central government agrees to defer JEE and NEET exams. Read more

02:22 pm IST

Jharkhand allows public transport, reopening of hotel/lodges for exams

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12:25 pm IST

No lockdown in JEE, NEET exam cities, says Odisha govt

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07:45 pm IST

Odisha govt to facilitate transportation of JEE,NEET candidates

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06:50 pm IST

We are sharing sentiments of students community: Venugopal

Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal said,”“We are sharing the sentiments of the student community of India. We want the safety of students. In northern rural areas students have to travel long distances to reach the centre. Will the government ensure accessibility or safety?”

05:36 pm IST

Jharkhand CM rejects ‘admit card download’ argument for holding NEET, JEE exams

They (Centre) said that lakhs of students have downloaded admit cards. I don’t understand what kind of argument is this. If this is the case, then if someone has life insurance, does it mean they’ll die soon, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren said on JEE & NEET exams at AICC video conference

05:04 pm IST

Listen to voices of students, act according to their wishes: Sonia Gandhi

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04:41pm IST

7-8 CMs had met and decided to file review petition in SC: Mamata

7- 8 CMs had met. We had taken a decision that on behalf of students we will file an appeal for review in the Supreme Court. In accordance, ministers of 6 states have signed the petition. Minister Moloy Ghatak has signed on behalf of West Bengal, CM Mamata Banerjee said. Earlier on Friday afternoon, the review petition was filed in Supreme Court.

04:35 pm IST

Centre is risking lives of students:Mamata Banerjee

The Centre is risking the lives of the students by being adamant on holding of JEE/NEET exams : Mamata Banerjee said at a virtual rally of TMC student wing

04:32 pm IST

NEET, JEE must be conducted on time so that year doesn’t get wasted: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

NEET and JEE examinations must be conducted on time so that one year of our students doesn’t get wasted. It is about their future: Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan

04:29 pm IST

Congress workers burn effigy of education minister in Haryana

Congress workers in Bhiwani burnt an effigy of the Union education minister and demanded that the exams be deferred keeping in view the present COVID-19 situation.

04:25 pm IST

‘Centre should listen to Mann Ki Baat of Students: Mamata Banerjee

Centre busy issuing sermons, it should instead listen to ‘Mann Ki Baat’ of students: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.

04:23 pm IST

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03:40 pm IST

Decision to conduct NEET, JEE mains amid pandemic, floods causing mental stress, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday tweeted that the rising number of Covid-19 cases, transport and lodging problems and floods in Orissa, Bihar, West Bengal and Assam are causing mental stress to the students and the central government must postpone the NEET, JEE mains exams..


03:16 pm IST

Telangana Congress holds protest against conduct of NEET, JEE mains exam amid pandemic

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy along with other party members on Friday staged protest against conducting NEET and JEE Exams amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more..

02:59 pm IST

Government cannot ignore voices of students, says Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday tweeted: “The govt cannot ignore the voices of the students appearing for #JEE_NEET exams and those of their concerned parents. They are the future of our country. With the rising scale of the pandemic, is it fair to expose them to infection in this manner? Are they not our children too?”


02:30 pm IST

UP govt supports conduct of JEE,NEET, says CM Yogi Adityanath

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath on Friday tweeted, “State government supports the conduct of NEET and JEE examinations. On August 9, UP B.Ed exam was conducted in the state, in which about 5 lakh candidates had appeared. No problem of infection was brought to notice.

02:00 pm IST

I am standing by you, says Sonu Sood, promises to help candidates reach exam centres

Sonu Sood on Friday tweeted, “Students appearing for JEE, NEET 2020, I am standing by you. If you are stuck anywhere, let me know your areas of travel. I will help you reach your exam centres. No one should miss their exams because of resources.”

01:33 pm IST

NEET JEE aspirants’ safety should not be compromised: Rahul Gandhi

NEET-JEE aspirants’ safety should not [be]compromised due to the failures of the Govt. Govt must listen to all stakeholders and arrive at a consensus, Rahul Gandhi said.

01:12 pm IST

Protest to be held outside UN Headquarters, New York against JEE, NEET tomorrow

Eight-year old Climate and Environment activist Licypriya Kangujam said on Twitter, “ Tomorrow, some of our friends are planning for a protest outside the @UN Headquarter, New York at 1 pm EST. All Indians & other global friends living in USA Flag of United States, Plz join @JeromeFosterII Thank youFolded hands CC: @AlexandriaV2005”

01:03 pm IST

Students are future of our country: Priyanka Gandhi

It is necessary to listen to the students and their parents who are going to take the JEE and NEET exam. These students are the future of the country. The concerns of students have to be viewed sensitively and not stubbornly and politically, Priyanka Gandhi tweeted.

12:45 pm IST

‘Is it wise to risk student health in this way, asks Shashi Tharoor

Is it wise to risk student health in this way? We believe not… Stand up for students, speak up with students, I stand with them too, do you, Shashi Tharoor said in video tweeted by INC.

12:35 pm IST

‘Centre will have to consider the demands’ Sachin Pilot on postponement of JEE, NEET

If we keep raising the matter, Centre will have to consider the demands of people and postpone #JEE_NEET examinations: Sachin Pilot, Congress in Jaipur said.

12:31 pm IST

Sonu Sood tweets to provide transportation facilities to JEE, NEET candidates in flood hit states

Actor Sonu Sood tweeted, “Incase #JEE_NEET happens: To all the students who will be appearing & are struck in flood hit areas of Bihar, Assam & Gujrat. Do let me know ur areas of travel. Trying to make ur travel arrangements to reach ur examination centres. No one should miss their exam bec of resources.”

12:26 pm IST

NSUI Telangana President starts indefinite hunger strike

Earlier, on Friday morning NSUI’s Telangana President Venkat Balmoor started an indefinite hunger strike at Gandhi Bhavan.

12:22 pm IST

Review petition filed in SC against conducting the JEE, NEET exams

Review petition filed in Supreme Court against the August 17 order of SC allowing central government to hold NEET and JEE in September. The petition has been filed by ministers from six states - West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan.

12:16 pm IST

Delhi Pradesh Congress President Anil Chaudhary arrested

Delhi Pradesh Congress President Anil Chaudhary who participated in the protest against holding the exams, has been arrested by Delhi Police, INC Delhi tweeted.

12:13 pm IST

Members of NSUI detailed by police during protest in Ahmedabad

Members of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) detained by police in Ahmedabad during a protest against Centre’s decision to conduct JEE & NEET examinations in September

12:08 pm IST

Congress holds protest outside Shashtri Bhawan

Congress has started protesting outside education ministry office,Shastri Bhawan against holding of the JEE and NEET examinations in September amid Covid-19 pandemic.

12:06 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi tweets to ‘Unite voice with lakhs of suffering students’

Former party chief of Congress, Rahul Gandhi tweeted on Friday morning, “Unite your voice with lakhs of suffering students. #SpeakUpForStudentSafety from 10am onwards. Let’s make the Govt listen to the students.”


12:02 pm IST

Congress launches campaign against holding JEE, NEET

The Congress on Friday launched a campaign against the government’s decision to hold NEET and JEE exams amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Congress and various opposition parties have demanded that NEET and JEE examinations be deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic and floods in parts of the country,

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