Published: 26th August 2020
World has come to a standstill, exams should be postponed for a while: Sonu Sood support students protesting against NEET and JEE
He is the latest in the line of prominent personalities, which includes the likes of Greta Thunberg, Chetan Bhagat and Subramanian Swamy to have supported students in their plea
Several politicians and celebrities have come in support of the lakhs of students who are protesting the Supreme Court's order to not postpone the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) scheduled to be held in the first half of September. Among them is Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, who tweeted on August 25 in support of the students.
In his tweet, written in Hindi, Sood said, "The students who will appear for #NEETJEE exams come from remote villages. While there's a deluge in some villages in Bihar, some other district is under lockdown. Yes, exams are important but the safety of the young students is also important. When everything in the world has come to a standstill due to nature, then exams should also be postponed for a while." With the tweet, Sood attached an image highlighting why the students are scared and reluctant to appear for the exams.
#NEETJEE परीक्षा में बैठने वाले बच्चे सुदूर इलाकों से आते हैं।बिहार के किसी गांव में बाढ़ है तो किसी जिले में पूरी बंदी। हां,परीक्षा जरूरी है लेकिन उन युवा कंधो की हिफ़ाज़त भी उतनी ही जरूरी है।पूरे विश्व में सबकुछ प्रकृति के सामने ठहर गया तो परीक्षा को कुछ वक्त के लिए टालना चाहिए pic.twitter.com/QABfYbPcsX— sonu sood (@SonuSood) August 25, 2020
On Wednesday afternoon, Sood again tweeted in support of the students asking the government to postpone the exams for 60 days, stating that the students and the government can prepare themselves in the interim. In his tweet, he said, "This is not an examination only for students. It’s an examination for the Government too. Govt. has an opportunity to excel by postponing #JEE_NEET for 60 days. Make it happen and bring those smiles back. Students & Govt. can prepare in this time window. #PostponeJEE_NEET."
This is not an examination only for students.— sonu sood (@SonuSood) August 26, 2020
It’s an examination for the Government too.
Govt. has an opportunity to excel by postponing #JEE_NEET for 60 days.
Make it happen and bring those smiles back.
Students & Govt. can prepare in this time window. #PostponeJEE_NEET
Sood, who has been in the news recently for actively taking part in sending the migrant labourers home from different parts of the country, is the latest personality to join in the protest against SC's order. Earlier, environmental activist, Greta Thunberg, also extended her support to Indian students. Students across the country are in a dilemma over the exams. While some say their mental health has been affected due to COVID-19, others are scared to contract the disease if they go for examinations. With minor restrictions still imposed in some states and lack of public transport, students have also argued how they are to reach the exam centre. In states like Assam and Bihar, which are now in a deluge, the feasibility of the exams is yet to be seen.
The Supreme Court on August 17 dismissed the pleas of several students seeking postponement of the NEET and JEE exams. While JEE is scheduled for September 1-6, NEET is scheduled for September 13, according to the notice issued by the National Testing Agency (NTA).