HRD Minister reviews situation with CBSE, NTA officials

HRD Minister reviews situation with CBSE, NTA officials

NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: Union Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, yesterday held a review meeting with the top officials of CBSE, UGC, AICTE and NTA. The meeting was called a day after the Supreme Court asked CBSE to reconsider conducting the pending board examinations in July and marking the students based on internal assessment. Tweeting about the meeting, HRD Minister shared that the focus and prime concern of all participants and MHRD remains the safety of the students.

Taking to twitter, the HRD Minister shared that he deliberated on the various issues related to education in present times. The meeting conducted through video conferencing and was attended by Secretary Higher Education, Secretary School Education and Literacy Department as well as the Chairperson of UGC (Universities Grants Commission), AICTE (All India Council of Technical Education), CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and NTA (National Testing Agency).

Pokhriyal further stated that the focus and prime concern of MHRD is the safety of the students as well as quality education. 

Meanwhile, CBSE is expected to reply and share its decision vis a vis the pending board examinations latest by June 23. After the SC hearing, the Deputy CM of Delhi, Manish Sisodia had also written a letter to the HRD Minister, urging him to cancel the board examinations.

As for the competitive examinations JEE and NEET, which are also scheduled in the month of July, there has been no official statements as yet. Odisha CM has, however, requested that JEE, NEET dates be postponed further. In a letter, the Odisha CM has asked that the competitive examinations like JEE and NEET be conducted only after the HSC or Class 12 board examinations of various states are completed.

Pending CBSE Exams are scheduled to be conducted between July 1 and July 15. The JEE Main 2020 examinations, which were earlier scheduled for April, are now scheduled to be conducted between July 18 and 23. NEET 2020 – the only national level medical entrance examination for undergraduate MBBS and BDS courses in the country, is scheduled for July 26.

In terms of numbers, it is expected that about 10 lakh students would appear for the pending CBSE Board Examinations. About 12 lakh candidates had registered for the JEE Main 2020 April examinations and about 16 lakh are registered for NEET 2020 examination. Decision on whether to retain the present schedule or make changes, is expected to be taken by Monday.
 

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