The Joint Entrance Examination (Main) session which was to be held in April has been postponed amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the country, Union Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced on Sunday.
Pokhriyal said in a tweet that the decision was taken as safety and the academic career of student is the “prime concern” of the education ministry.
The third session of the examination was scheduled to be held from April 27 to April 30. The education minister also said that the revised dates for the JEE (Main) will be announced at a later date, at least 15 days before the exam.
“Given the current #covid19 situation, I have advised @DG_NTA to postpone the JEE (Main) – 2021 April Session. I would like to reiterate that safety of our students & their academic career are @EduMinOfIndia's and my prime concerns right now,” Pokhriyal tweeted along with the notice.
“The revised dates will be announced later on and at least 15 days before the examination,” he added.
👉Please note: The dates of JEE (Main) – 2021 April session will be announced later on and at least 15 days before the examination.— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) April 18, 2021
As per the official notice of the National Testing Agency, which conducts the JEE (Main), “looking at the present situation of COVID-19 pandemic and also taking into account the safety and well being of candidates and examination functionaries, it has been decided to postpone JEE-(Main) April session.”
Two of the four sessions were completed in February and March.
Students have been advised to keep checking the official websites―www.nta.ac.in and https://jeemain.nta.nic.ac.in/―for the latest updates regarding the exam.
India registered over two lakh COVID-19 cases for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday. It also witnessed the deadliest day since the beginning of the pandemic with 1,501 fatalities in 24 hours. The total COVID-19 tally has crossed 1.47 crore cases.