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JEE-Mains from July 18-23, NEET on July 26: HRD Minister

Image: Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank Twitter

Human Resource Developmen (HRD) minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Tuesday announced that the JEE (Mains) exam will be conducted from July 18-23 while JEE (Advanced) will be held in August. 

The minister also announced that medical entrance test NEET will be held on July 26 and a decision will be taken soon on pending CBSE Class 10 &12 board exams.

The announcement was made during a video interaction with the students.

Later the Pokhriyal highlighted the revised exams dates through a series of tweets.

The nationwide lockdown has forced the education institutions such as schools, colleges and universities to halt their curriculums and postpone exams due to the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

More than 15 lakh students across the country have registered for NEET this year, while over  9 lakh students have registered for JEE Mains, which is the qualifying exam for JEE (Advanced).

The HRD Ministry’s National Testing Agency (NTA) has also given students an option to change their opted centres for the two tests as many of them have moved to different places since the lockdown. 

During the interaction, Pokhriyal said that a Covid-19 task force has been formed to take care of students in all academic institutions and a website has been created where all the students can consult all common queries. 

The government has also taken a decision to reduce the academic syllabus for the coming academic session to reduce the burden on students and teachers.

While responding to the query relating to fee hike for NITs , IITs & IIITs for academic year 20-21, the Minister said that no fees to be increased for IIT, IIITs and NITs  for the academic year 2020-21.

The HRD minister said that the online classes were available in 32 DTH TV channels along with Tata Sky and Dish TV which can also be used by the rural students to continue their studies at home even if they do not have access to internet connection.

Pokhriyal urged all the students to self-study and take the help of digital modes including SWAYAM, Diksha to prepare for their entrance exams. In areas where the connectivity is low, the content will be telecasted through SWAYAM Prabha TV.

Post this interaction the press release has been shared by PIB.

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