Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal stated today that students are children of everyone and there is no government side and opposition side in this matter.
The Minister told ANI that the future, career and safety of the students was the topmost priority with regard to the conducting the Joint Entrance Exams (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Pokhriyal further said that that several steps, including an increase in the number of centres for examinations, have been taken to ensure the safety of the students. He said that the decision to conduct the exams as scheduled has been taken after several requests from parents and students from across the country.
He further said, "We had already postponed the exams twice before and I am glad to receive many positive responses from parents and students on the social media platforms of Education Ministry, saying, how long can a student prepare for the examinations? Many students have said that they do not want to waste a whole year, and the exams must be conducted."
"Our Education Secretary is in constant communication with the Chief Secretary, Education and Health Secretaries of all the states. There is a lot of vigilance and I want to assure the students that arrangements have been made by the NTA. It has 72 guidelines that will ensure the safe conduction of the two exams and I am confident that students will not waste a year," the minister added.