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Education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, in an interview to TOI, said any further delay in holding the JEE and NEET-UG will lead to a zero academic year resulting in a loss for students. “Though we are facing a pandemic situation, academics and career of students cannot be jeopardised. Life must go on and we have to stand strong,” he said.
While citing examples of China’s Gaokao and Germany’s Abitur exams conducted during Covid-19, the minister said political considerations should be shelved in the interests of the students. On preparations for the exams, he said, “NTA has taken all necessary measures for the safety of students and defined SOPs based on recommendations of a medical experts.”
On starting the 2020-21 academic session, he said, “We are awaiting directions from the ministry of home affairs. The SOPs for reopening schools and higher education institutions after Covid-19 have been finalised after due consideration of various suggestions and comments received from states and UTs.”

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