With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the cases steadily on the rise in India, anxious students lined up in different parts of the country to take the engineering entrance exam JEE-Mains on Tuesday morning.
Earlier, Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhiyal 'Nishank' appealed to the chief ministers of various states to support the students appearing for the exam. There has been a growing chorus for postponing JEE-Mains and medical entrance exam NEET amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
As many as 8.58 lakh candidates have registered for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main and 15.97 lakh have registered for NEET.
"I appeal to chief ministers of all states that support our students in such unprecedented circumstances and make appropriate arrangements so the aspirants do not have to face any inconvenience. I also appeal to students to have faith in agencies behind conduct of the examination," the Education Minister said.
#WATCH: Candidates queue up outside TCS at Patto Plaza in Panaji, Goa - designated as an exam centre for #JEEMain. They are being made to discard their masks and are being provided fresh masks after their temperature is checked, in the wake of #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/oekpUNmqlk — ANI (@ANI) September 1, 2020
Delhi: Candidates arrive at Arwachin Bharti Bhawan Sr Sec School in Vivek Vihar, designated as an examination centre for #JEEMain. The temperature of candidates being checked. A candidate, Pranjal says, "I am carrying my own sanitiser and I had also undergone a full body checkup" pic.twitter.com/qwuUJmKkIr — ANI (@ANI) September 1, 2020
Gorakhpur: Candidates writing #JEEMain arrive at an examination centre in Nausar. Announcements being made for them to maintain social distancing and other measures in the wake of #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/nzAauz1gAN — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 1, 2020
While the entrance exam is already considered as one of the toughest to crack in the world, netizens came out in support of students for appearing amid corona scare. Many shared their good wishes over microblogging site Twitter.
The NEET exam was held twice when I appeared for it. I couldn't give my best because of the news of changing patterns, postponement. You guys have to deal with corona too. Hats off to you guys. You've already smashed the exam. Best of luck #JEEMain — Kanika Nainwal (@KanikaKn) September 1, 2020
I convey my best wishes to the entire student community across the nation for the #JEEMain examination. May God bless you all with success. Stay calm. Stay focused. — Dr. Ashwathnarayan C. N. (@drashwathcn) September 1, 2020
more power to all f u no matter what happens you all have already won a battle by reaching the centre , the next one is questions trust me that will be very much easier . all the best 😁😁👍👍 — Bihar_se_hai (@Bihar_se_hai) September 1, 2020
ALL THE BEST #JEEMain Students KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCING STAY HEALTHY AND STAY SAFE REMEMBER YOU ARE THE FUTURE OF INDIA ALL THE BEST👍#JEE_NEET #JEEMain2020 #StudentLivesMatter#SpeakUpForSSCRailwayStudents #speakUpforSSC pic.twitter.com/AgnN1VFAPV — Sanjay Meena (@skkakarwal) September 1, 2020
There were memes too.
The Supreme Court had earlier dismissed a plea seeking postponement of the two exams (NEET and JEE) amid a spurt in the number of COVID-19 cases, saying a "precious year" of students cannot be wasted and life has to go on.
(With PTI inputs)