Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has announced on Sunday that engineering entrance exam JEE-Mains has been deferred.
The JEE-Mains (April session) 2021 that were slated to take place from April 27-30 have now been cancelled in view of the rapid increase in coronavirus cases across the country.
The revised dates are yet to be announced.
Taking to Twitter, Union minister Ramesh Pokhriyal posted "Given the current Covid 19 situation, I have advised NTA to postpone the JEE Main 2021 April session. I would like to reiterate that the safety of our students & academic career is Education ministry and my prime concern right now. Please note: The dates of JEE (Main) – 2021 April session will be announced later on and at least 15 days before the examination."
On the advice of the ministry, National Testing Agency (NTA) , a government agency has decided to postpone the entrance exanination for the students' safety and well being.
The ministry will inform at least 15 days before the examination.
Meanwhile, aspiring candidates are advised to use this time to prepare better for the entrance examination.
Earlier on 14 April, the Centre decided to postpone the CBSE Class 12 board exams and cancelled the CBSE Class 10 exams in view of the coronavirus situation.
The announcement came after high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which was attended by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, education secretary and other officials.