Union Education Minister, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ (ANI file)

Days after the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) determined to provide aspirants who had examined optimistic for Covid-19 one other shot on the Joint Entrance Examination, Advanced (JEE-Adv) in 2021, a delegation of scholars and oldsters have as soon as once more approached the Education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal looking for additional leisure in eligibility phrases.

As per JEE guidelines, a scholar who clears class 12 is allowed three makes an attempt at JEE Mains and two makes an attempt at JEE-Adv. In their submission to Pokhriyal, college students and oldsters have requested that college students who had their final try at JEE exams this yr ought to be granted a yr’s concession and allowed to look for his or her remaining try in 2021.

“This year, JEE exams (Mains and Advanced) were conducted in September instead of April-May, and of the 8.41 lakh registered candidates only 6.35 lakh students appeared for the JEE-Mains exam due to the fear of Covid-19,” states the letter addressed to Pokhriyal. “This shows that lakhs of students did not appear for the paper due to various reasons including lockdown and ban on local transport as well as the fear of Covid-19.”

In an announcement launched earlier this week, JAB relaxed the eligibility standards for college students by permitting an additional try to those that couldn’t seem for JEE Adv this yr attributable to their Covid-19 optimistic standing.

“In an emergency virtual meeting on October 13, the JAB decided to consider relaxing eligibility criteria for students. It has also been decided to allow all candidates, who had successfully registered for the JEE Adv in 2020 and couldn’t appear for the paper after testing positive for Covid-19, to appear for JEE Adv 2021,” learn the assertion launched by JAB.

However, of their submission to the state and central authorities, in addition to IIT Kharagpur (which is able to conduct JEE-Adv 2021) college students and oldsters have highlighted not solely Covid-19 as the rationale for college students’ incapacity to look for exams but in addition the flood state of affairs in a number of elements of the nation in September 2020.

Calling the present state of affairs “extraordinary”, college students and oldsters have requested that such college students who had their final likelihood at each the exams in 2020, be allowed to try the paper in 2021 for the final time as an alternative. “We hope the union Education ministry accepts this request, considering the current situation and the mental stress that students have been facing for the past few months,” stated the letter.

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