Swamy Urges PM To Intervene & Postpone NEET, JEE Exams To Prevent Suicides

New Delhi: Subramanian Swamy, the outspoken BJP MP, has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and have the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) postponed till Diwali to prevent suicides by youths.


“Holding the exams, in my opinion, may lead to a large number of suicides by youths around the country,” he said in the letter addressed to PM Modi. “There is no public transport and people have to come from other areas, often 20 to 30 km away. This is because of the restrictions enforced at many places due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

Students and parents have been demanding postponement of the NEET exams and making requests to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal as well. “There is widespread desperation among the youth since this exam is a make-or-break affair for them and they have to take it when they are fully prepared,” Swamy wrote.

Swamy, who had earlier spoken to Pokhriyal, said that the minister was “sympathetic” to his suggestion to put off the entrance exams beyond Diwali. However, it needs the Prime Minister’s “concurrence”.

Swamy had earlier tweeted on the Supreme Court order on the matter, saying that the apex court had “left the date (for the exam) to the government” to decide.

On Monday, Supreme Court rejected a plea for postponement of the two entrance exams. The court said that life has to go on despite the coronavirus pandemic and that it could not put careers of students in jeopardy by interfering with National Testing Agency’s decision to hold these exams in September.

Swamy has been very active ever since students from all over the country urged the government to postpone the tests.

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