Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who has strongly opposed medical and engineering entrance exams in September on account of the coronavirus disaster, mentioned right now that he didn’t favour a spot 12 months, simply postponement by two or three months.
Amarinder Singh is among the many seven Chief Ministers who’ve determined to request the Supreme Courtroom to place off the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the Nationwide Eligibility cum Entrance Check (NEET) to be held in September.
“A niche 12 months can be troublesome. We can’t have double exams subsequent 12 months. All we’re asking for is a two-three month delay,” Amarinder Singh mentioned in an interview to NDTV.
The precedence, he mentioned, was to avoid wasting individuals from Covid-19. “Quantity two is the choice course of. You can’t have the choice course of after which save individuals from Covid. No, the alternative,” Mr Singh mentioned.
The Chief Minister mentioned consultants had predicted that virus instances would peak in Punjab in September.
“My peak is anticipated between September 20 and 24. We’re prone to contact 3,000 deaths and 1,10,000 instances. Are we within the well being of our kids or are we excited by some examination,” he questioned.
Mr Singh mentioned what was most worrying was the financial divide between college students. The poor college students, due to the shortage of means, could be disadvantaged of the chance that ought to be for them, he remarked.
“Those that are effectively to-do will attain the examination centres. However what about those that are in villages, how will they method? Punjab nonetheless has correct roads, however what about the remainder of the nation? The poor, who ought to have gotten the chance, will endure. That’s the reason it ought to be delayed.”
Mr Singh mentioned his authorities had obtained no details about preparations for the exams, which can begin on September 1. “The Centre has not even communicated correctly with us in order that we will make preparations. We’re in the course of a Covid disaster. Why cannot you do the exams in November, December? Why solely in September? Let the height go,” he mentioned.
The Chief Ministers of non-BJP states would go to the Supreme Courtroom on behalf of the mother and father of kids, he mentioned. “Our petition will say that everybody ought to have equal rights. And the poor kids is not going to get equal rights on this.”
The JEE is scheduled from September 1 to six and the NEET examination is to be held on September 13. The Supreme Courtroom had final week rejected a petition by 11 college students from 11 states asking for the exams to be deferred, saying: “Life can’t be stopped… Are college students able to waste one complete 12 months?”
At a gathering referred to as by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday, the Chief Ministers had expressed concern that states could be blamed and the Centre would put the onus of conducting the exams on them, together with arranging transportation and lodging for college students.