Students concerned about their admission in engineering colleges as the Centre announces postponement of JEE Mains
Bangalore: The National Testing Agency of the Education Ministry announced postponement of Joint Entrance Exam Mains for the April session. The centre decided to delay the entrances for IIT and NIT colleges. However, the students seem doubtful about their future and demand an answer.
Umm e Kulsum, an IIT Aspirant who dropped a year to give the JEE Mains said, “last year I was more concerned about my health and safety so the postponement didn’t bother me a lot. But since there is another delay in the entrances I am uncertain about my future. I am tired of dropping a year and preparing for the entrances. This government neither prioritized health infrastructure nor education; therefore, we are left in this situation, again.”
Students awaiting to get into engineering colleges through this entrance exam are worried as they might have to drop a year if the entrances are delayed. Although the seats for IIT colleges are only 7000, the students find this as an opportunity to get into NIRF-authorized high ranked engineering colleges.
Swastik Bhattacharjee, a career counsellor at the Leverage Edu said, “There are only three attempts for JEE Mains and this exam is not only about getting an IIT or NIT but also several engineering colleges that are top-ranked. With another delay in examination students have to suffer a lot. The government should re-consider the attempt and age-criteria for the aspirants as with every passing year, the chances of getting into the college is getting difficult.”
According to the NTA website, around 6.19 lakhs candidates registered for JEE Mains entrance test that was going to be held in April. And a total of 22 lakh candidates registered this year in four sessions.
Experts said that the step taken by the Central government is going to help the students as they get more time to prepare for the entrances.
Maya Joshi, an educationist said, “This postponement can be considered as chance for students to practice more. The decision taken by the education ministry is with regard to the safety of the students. Therefore, the students should turn this into an opportunity rather than worrying about losing a year due to it.”
Although the government seems uncertain about the next date for the April session of JEE Mains, they urge the students to keep an eye on the website as they promise to upload the updated the schedule 15 days prior to the exam.