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Mamata Banerjee to hold virtual meeting with Sonia Gandhi and CMs to discuss JEE and NEET today JEE/NEET

Mamata Banerjee to hold virtual meeting with Sonia Gandhi and CMs to discuss JEE and NEET today

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 26 Aug 2020, 11:27 am

Kolkata/UNI/IBNS: After dashing off two letters on consecutive days of Monday and Tuesday to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting to postpone the JEE and NEET examinations due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will have a virtual meeting on Wednesday afternoon with Congress president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the issue.

The Chief Ministers of several other states will also take part in the video conference.

The examinations, scheduled to be held in the first week of September, have triggered protests across the country with students demanding the examinations be cancelled in view of the Coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to the PM, Banerjee wrote on Tuesday, "Today our Government has received a letter from the National Testing Agency for conducting the JEE/NEET examinations starting from 1st September, 2020. We are really worried and concerned."

"I would request you to kindly appreciate the sensitivity of the matter and consider taking necessary action for postponing these examinations until the public health situation becomes conducive again," she said in the letter.

Banerjee sent the latest letter to Modi after receiving a direction from the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct the twin examinations.

Disappointing thousands of students across the country, Amit Khare, the secretary of HRD Ministry, last Friday said the entrance examinations cannot be deferred.

Khare cited the Supreme Court order which had given a nod to hold the two examinations.

Several pleas were filed in the Supreme Court seeking a postponement of the entrance examinations.

The top court has, however, rejected all the petitions stating examinations can't be deferred indefinitely.