Students observe hunger strike, demand national-level exams be postponed

Over 4,000 students undertook a nation-wide hunger strike to draw the Centre’s attention and compel them to delay entrance exams while considering public health safety.


In a bid to convince the Central government to postpone NEET, JEE, CLAT and UGC-NET and the CBSE compartment exams, more than 4,000 observed a hunger strike for an entire day on Sunday, reported LiveLaw.

In light of the on-going pandemic, students appearing for country-wide exams have appealed to the government to postpone the exams until the coronavirus pandemic is properly dealt with. University representative from Aligarh Muslim University and Jawaharlal Nehru University have also joined the student movement to address this issue. Aligarh University has also cancelled all its entrance exams in light of COVID-19.

On the day of the hunger strike, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted in support of the students asking the Centre to listen to the demands of the students.


Many even submitted a petition for the postponement of exams to the Supreme Court. However, the apex court in a three-Judge Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra rejected the plea stating that “life cannot be stopped” because of COVID-19 and that exams should continue just as Courts have remained open.

As per the circulars published by the concerned authorities, the JEE (Main) shall be held from September 1 to September 6. Similarly, the NEET will be conducted on September 13, CLAT on September 7 and the UGC-NET will be held from September 16 to September 25.

Desperate to have the exams cancelled, students have taken to social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter.

Some students have tweeted about the issues faced during State-level exams such as GUJCET.


Others still voiced their dissent on social media using trending hashtags such as #SATYAGRAHagainstexamsinCovid.


Even Union Cabinet Minister Subramanian Swamy showed solidarity with the students for the postponement of exams and created his own hashtag of #swamyji_helpjeeneet.


On Monday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also sided with the students urging the government to consider the risk and postpone the exams for student safety.


Meanwhile, other people supporting the students have also posted on social media some even creating song parodies encouraging the postponement of exams.


As per the Worldometer, India currently records over 31 lakhs coronavirus cases. With no viable vaccine in sight, students grow concerned for their and their families’ health and thus demand that the government reconsider its decision not to postpone national exams.




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