As per a report by AISA (All India Students Association), more than 4,200 students observed a one-day hunger strike at their homes demanding that CBSE compartment exams of class 10th and 12th should be canceled, whereas other entrance exams must be postponed.
The demand has been kept after witnessing the worsening pandemic circumstances.
The protest began after Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi came forward and said that the ruling government must listen to ‘Mann Ki Baat’ of students and must provide “an acceptable solution”. With this, Gandhi and his party demanded that the JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) and the NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) should be deferred as of now.
A JEE aspirant from Karnataka, Manoj, kept his viewpoint in front of the government and said- “We have to report to the JEE exam centre at 7 am. My centre is almost 150 kilometres away, and there are no train or bus services available currently. Many of my friends have said that their centres are 200 to 250 kilometres away. How are we supposed to travel? How will we write exams wearing masks for seven to eight hours?” Source: The Indian Express.
With this, he urged the Indian government to postpone the exams till everything restores.
Madhurima, who has taken four entrance exams and now wants the ruling government to listen to her demands. She said- “Please produce a vaccine so that we can take exams. I am a JEE, IISER, DUET aspirant, and also have to take another entrance exam,” Source: The Indian Express.
After one day of this protest, Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, appealed to the central government to cancel the upcoming engineering and medical entrance exams until COVID-19 circumstances got better.
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