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NEET, JEE 2020: Students plan to 'protest from home', show 'black flags' to NTA's decision to conduct exams amid COVID

After the National Testing Agency (NTA) on Tuesday confirmed, despite students' refusals, that the NEET-JEE 2020 exams will take place on the dates announced earlier even amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak, students against the decision have decided to protest from their homes as an attempt to put forward their demands.

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NEET, JEE 2020: Students plan to 'protest from home', show 'black flags' to NTA's decision to conduct exams amid COVID
NSUI activists go on an indefinite hunger strike over a protest against JEE and NEET exams. (Photo: IANS)
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After the National Testing Agency (NTA) on Tuesday confirmed, despite students' refusals, that the NEET-JEE 2020 exams will take place on the dates announced earlier even amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak, students against the decision have decided to protest from their homes as an attempt to put forward their demands.

According to reports, students across the nation will don the black cloth to show their opposition to the NTA's decision to conduct the NEET-JEE Mains 2020 exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. This will include wearing black masks, fluttering black flags, and tieing black bands on their arms or foreheads. Students will also change their profile pictures on social media to black in order to voice their protests.

National Testing Agency (NTA) on Tuesday confirmed that the exams will take place on the dates announced earlier. JEE Mains exam 2020 will be held from September 1 to 6, while the NEET (UG) exam 2020 will be held on September 13.

This announcement comes after the Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking the postponement of the NEET and JEE scheduled to be held in September 2020.

NTA in its statement also confirmed that the NEET UG exam 2020 admit cards will be released shortly. The agency had already released JEE Main 2020 admit card on August 17.

"In order to meet the social distancing requirements, there has been a substantial increase in the number of centers. The number of examination centers has been increased from 570 to 660 (in case of JEE Main) and 2546 to 3843 (in case of NEET (UG) 2020)," the statement read.

For ensuring social distancing outside the examination hall, the entry and exit of candidates have been staggered. Adequate arrangements have also been made outside the examination centers to enable candidates to stand with adequate social distancing while waiting. Candidates have been issued advisory guiding them about 'Do's and Don'ts' for proper social distancing.

"The agency has also written to the States governments to extend support in local movement of the candidates so that they are able to reach their examination centers on time," the notification read.

Many people have raised their voice seeking postponement of JEE, NEET exams 2020, including West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray, BSP Supremo Mayawati, Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, climate activist Greta Thunberg among others.

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