There’s a clamour to postpone all exams together with the JEE and NEET exams that are important to make sure merit-based admissions in engineering and medical establishments throughout the nation. For a number of days, numerous newspapers, TV channels and the digital media have been reporting arguments to postpone these exams. A couple of days again, chief ministers of a number of opposition-ruled states joined fingers to demand the postponement of the JEE and NEET examinations and determined that they are going to collectively strategy the Supreme Courtroom on this regard. Those that need the exams postponed argue that within the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, holding the exams will adversely have an effect on the well being of scholars and can improve the unfold of the virus. Additionally they argue that the restrictions on public transport resulting from coronavirus would make it tough for a lot of aspirants to succeed in the examination facilities. Their demand is to defer the exams until at the very least November by when the virus state of affairs is hoped to enhance.
The problem of postponement of exams was agitated earlier than the Supreme Courtroom additionally, which after listening to all of the events, declined to intervene within the matter and ordered that these exams be performed as per schedule. The federal government was additionally directed to take all crucial precautions for the protected conduct of those exams. The Supreme Courtroom, in one other matter on Friday, determined that universities should undergo with the examinations of final-year college students and gave the liberty to universities to plan the schedule as per their comfort. Now, numerous opposition-ruled states have filed overview petitions earlier than the Supreme Courtroom for postponement of the JEE and NEET exams.
There isn’t a doubt that these are extraordinary instances and worry of coronavirus is looming giant in all places. At current, India is reporting the very best numbers of every day coronavirus infections on the planet and the variety of deaths occurring on daily basis because of the virus can be the very best. So the arguments superior by teams pushing for postponement of the exams have some deserves. But when we glance from the opposite facet, the arguments superior by the federal government additionally look weighty. These exams have been postponed twice earlier because of the identical causes. Time has now come to take a ultimate name on holding these exams as any additional delay could end in fully disrupting the present tutorial session for lakhs of scholars.
The largest fallacy of the arguments superior by these demanding the postponement of the exams is that by November, issues are possible to enhance on the coronavirus entrance. We could recall that many consultants had opined that virus an infection numbers would peak someday in July or August. We’re nearing the tip of August and to date, we don’t appear to have succeeded in reversing the corona curve. Who can predict that our nation will grow to be protected to conduct these exams in November? And if we fail to conduct these exams, then? Absolutely then the entire tutorial session can be jeopardised as there’ll hardly be ample time left to finish the educational session.
The federal government of the day has the duty to weigh the professionals and cons of the problem, see the issue in a holistic method and take a name within the wider curiosity of the scholars and the nation. The federal government has the first duty to not solely make sure the conduct of those exams but in addition the graceful operating of instructional establishments in addition to the well being and security of all those that are going to seem in these exams and to additional see that these exams don’t in any means end result within the additional unfold of the virus. There isn’t a doubt that solely the scholars are going to be the losers in case of curtailment or zero tutorial session. Maintaining in thoughts all these components , the federal government has to make sure that the exams are performed in a fully-secure setting with no hazard to the well being of scholars and others.
Virtually six months into the pandemic, the nation has realized to stay with the virus.
Throughout the previous few months, most financial actions barring the tourism trade, cinema halls and so on. have been opened with some restrictions. Equally, trains, buses, taxis, and different modes of journey have been allowed. Factories , retailers , industrial models, places of work have began functioning after following customary working procedures. It’s now confirmed by consultants that carrying masks in public locations is the surest means of avoiding getting contaminated, along with utilizing sanitizers and sustaining bodily distancing. The federal government has to make sure that all the scholars and organizers observe these precautions scrupulously.
Allow us to do not forget that internationally, folks have devised their very own indigenous options for carrying on their actions in all walks of life, so we must also. As our Supreme court docket has rightly opined that the nation has to hold on regardless of the pandemic and therefore these exams. The time has come to maneuver ahead, within the bigger curiosity of our nation, rising above slim political gimmicks. “Jaan hai to jahan hai “ is an previous saying , we’ve got to make sure “Jaan bhi jahaan bhi”
(VS Pandey is a former IAS officer. He retired as secretary, division of fertilisers within the Authorities of India)