NEET 2022: Students to protest for NEET, JEE Main, CUET at Jantar Mantar on August 17

NEET 2022: Students to protest for NEET, JEE Main, CUET at Jantar Mantar on August 17

Students will be gathered for a `PEACEFUL` Protest on NEET UG, JEE Main and CUET at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on 17 August,

New Delhi: After the continuous online campaigning on social media platforms for the second attempt in NEET UG 2022 and the third attempt in JEE Main 2022, students are now preparing to launch a ‘peaceful’ protest at Janta Mantar in Delhi on 17 August at 10 PM. Students and education activists are flooding the microblogging site Twitter with the call for protest for NEET UG, JEE Main, and CUET.

JEE Main and NEET aspirants are consistently stirring online campaigns and urging the National Testing Agency (NTA) to organise one more session for both the entrance examination.

NEET 2022: Students to protest for NEET, JEE Main, CUET at Jantar Mantar on August 17

NEET aspirants are demanding re-neet citing the irregularities in the examination and the rigging of NEET paper while some want the NTA to conduct a re-exam for the medical entrance test to improve their scores while engineering aspirants are demanding the third attempt for JEE Main claiming that technical problems hampered the exam for several candidates.

As per the digital flyers being circulated on social media, Pawan Bhadana, a student activist is leading the symbolic protest for the NEET UG, JEE Main and CUET exam. Link for the google forms is also seen being shared on Twitter in which students are asked if they are willing to participate in the protest.

As per the digital flyers, students are being called for a symbolic protest at Jantar Mantar on August 17 at 10 AM.

The call for the protest comes after several reports of technical problems in CUET and JEE Main, changing of exam centre and rigging of NEET UG 2022 paper.

One Nation One Exam: NEET UG, JEE Main, CUET Merger

Meanwhile, the University Grant Commission (UGC) has sent out a proposal to merge the NEET UG and JEE main exams into the Common University Entrance Test (CUET). As per the propasal only one entrance examination for all the JEE NEET and CUET will be conducted in CBT mode, twice a year. If accepted, students might have the chance of appearing for the examination once in say May – June (after the boards) and another in December.

However, UGC’s proposal has invited mixed reactions to the integration of NEET and JEE Main exams into CUET and has sparked debate among students, teachers and all other stakeholders.

Several students across the country are opposing the UGC’s proposal to merge JEE and NEET UG exam citing various fact including that level of Physics paper in JEE is tougher than in NEET and the pattern is also different for both the paper.

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#ChaloJantarMantar: Students to protest for another attempt at CUET, NEET and JEE Mains after August 15.

After multiple attempts at campaigning online on social media platforms such as Twitter for a second attempt at the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test Undergraduate (NEET) 2022, third attempt at the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains 2022 and against the mismanagement during the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) 2022, students activists will now hold a “symbolic protest” at Jantar Mantar, Delhi after August 15 for the same.

Citing technical glitches and other issues during the NEET UG and JEE Mains exams that were conducted in June and July, students have been using hashtags such as #JEEMains2022, #JEEStudentsWantJustice, #JEEMainsThirdAttemptForAll, #NEETUGSecondAttempt, #SecondAttemptForNEETUG and #ExtraAttemptNEETUG on Twitter to draw attention to their issues. Student activists from the All India Students’ Union plan to peacefully protest at Jantar Mantar with other student activists after August 15 after they obtain permission from the police.

Issues during the exams

Vaibhav Dinkar, National Coordinator of the AISU said that multiple students have reached out to them complaining about the problems they faced. He said, “During the first attempt at the JEE Mains 2022 exam that was conducted from June 25 to 30, several students were allotted centres that weren’t chosen by them in the first place.” He added that there were technical glitches during the exam as well. “Screens were frozen for around 15 to 30 minutes and extra time was not granted to these students,” he said. In some cases, the timer wasn’t visible on students’ screens. However, he added that these problems weren’t just limited to the first attempt at the exam — it was prevalent even during the second attempt.

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Although student associations such as AISU have made multiple physical representations to the government demanding action on the issue, they haven’t received any response yet, said Dinkar.

With NEET UG 2022 on the other hand, in one instance, students who appeared for the examination at a centre in Rajasthan’s Sriganganagar district in July, alleged that they were made to write the exam twice because of a question-paper mix-up, according to reports. They said that question papers meant for Hindi and English medium students were interchanged mistakenly. The incident had also resulted in students and parents protesting in front of the exam centre, according to reports. “We also learnt that different NEET exam papers were given in India and abroad, which goes against the rules,” said Saurav Saha, a student activist. Hence, a combined peaceful protest will take place from tomorrow, August 16, he added.

Additionally, the way the CUET UG 2022 exams have been conducted recently has also invited criticism from students and activists. In some situations, many students reported that they turned up for the exam on day one, August 4, at their respective centres only to be informed that the exam was postponed at the very last moment. Secondly, on the first day itself, the second shift of the exam was cancelled across all centres and postponed to August 12, with the officials from the National Testing Agency (NTA) citing administrative and technical reasons for the same.

“The NTA has failed to conduct any of the exams properly, hence we are demanding an extra attempt for all these exams,” said Pawan Bhadana, a student activist. He added that the protest will only be held after obtaining permission from the police tomorrow, August 16.

New Delhi: Medical students protest at Jantar Mantar demanding postponement of NEET-PG 2022

Medical students organised a protest in the national capital blaming the NBE for ‘not doing its duty’.

Several NEET-PG aspirants gathered at a site near the Jantar Mantar on Sunday (May 8, 2022), urging the National Board of Examinations (NBE) and Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) to postpone the NEET PG exam, which is scheduled to take place on May 21, 2022.

The National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test Postgraduate (NEET PG) 2022 aspirants are requesting the postponement of the exam citing its clash with the ongoing counselling for NEET PG 2021. Several students complained that they had to choose between appearing for a counselling round and their INI-CET exam, scheduled on May 8. The Institute of National Importance Combined Entrance Test (INI-CET) is a national-level examination conducted by AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), Delhi. The INI-CET scores are accepted for admission to 10 AIIMS centres, such as the ones in Delhi, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Nagpur, Raipur, Rishikesh, Bathinda, and Bibinagar. In addition, some institutes such as NIMHANS Bengaluru, JIPMER Puducherry, PGI Chandigarh, and SCTIMST Trivandrum also accept INI-CET scores, making this exam highly important for medical students

Immediately after completing their National Importance Combined Entrance Test (INI-CET), which concluded at 2 pm Sunday, NEET PG aspirants gathered in the national capital to protest against the “shortcomings” of the NBE. Dr Uday Reddy, an aspirant from Hyderabad, said that owing to the lack of work and efforts of the NBE, students are having to face difficulties and are in a dilemma of making the right choice. “The NBE has become a failure and medical students are facing the consequences of its shortcomings,” he said.

Aspirants are also complaining that owing to their Covid duties, many of them were unable to complete their internships on time. Holding a ‘Save Covid Warriors’ placard in hand, Dr Pooja Singh, another aspirant and one of the main volunteers of this protest, urged the Government of India to intervene and help the members of the medical fraternity in progressing their professional lives.

We did our parts and duties, and helped the government when Covid-19 pandemic was at its peak. It was our duty and we are happy we could do it, but now the government should do its part, too, and help us when we need its help. We deserve this and are not asking for something irrelevant. We only want the exam to be postponed by eight to 10 weeks so that we can study with a peaceful mind. The authorities cannot expect students to prepare and revise 19 subjects within such a short span and ace the exams,” she said.

Adding to this, Dr Kajal, another protestor, said, “The authorities postponed the exam during the peak time of Covid-19 because they needed us. However, now they refuse to postpone it because they feel this is not a valid reason.”

More than 15,000 students joined hands and wrote a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) seeking an appointment to share their concerns. “More than 20 MPs and several medical associations have written to the government in favour of us. They understand our plea, but there has been no response from the government or the NBE. Their silence is spreading more panic among the medical fraternity,” said Dr Kajal.

The aspirants also recalled their past experiences and claimed that there have been times when the exam has been postponed a couple of days before the exam, so the authorities should avoid such situations now. “That situation negatively affects our mental health. So, instead of postponing the exam two days before the exam day, why not announce the postponement right now? That way, we can relax and prepare for our exam without any haste or panic. This will help our mental health and also positively affect our professional life,” said Dr Vibhu Anand.

Recalling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “thali bajao” campaign to salute the frontline workers two years ago, the protestors also launched a similar campaign Sunday. The group has asked citizens to bang plates at 4 pm for four minutes till the demands of the medical students are met.

This protest comes a few hours after the NBE had to issue a clarification against a purported circular that was circulating online claiming the NEET PG exam had been postponed. “It has come to the notice of NBEMS (National Board of Examination in Medical Sciences) that some unscrupulous elements are circulating false and bogus information using spoofed notices in the name of NBEMS,” the official statement read.

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