JEE, NEET exams: Sonia Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee call meeting of CMs as chorus grows for postponement


PTI, Aug 26, 2020, 11:10 AM IST

New Delhi: Amid a growing chorus to postpone JEE Main and NEET exams, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee have jointly convened a meeting with chief ministers today to discuss the issue.

Those who are likely to attend the virtual meeting, scheduled to be held at 2.30 pm today, include Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy.

Issues pertaining to GST collection and financial loss incurred by states because of COVID-19 will also be discussed during the meeting.

JEE(Main), scheduled between September 1-6 is a computer-based test whereas NEET, planned for September 13, is a pen paper-based examination. The government has turned down requests from students, students’ organisations, activists, several politicians and even some state governments to defer these tests any further in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Supreme Court, last week, had also dismissed a petition seeking cancellation of these examinations.

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