JEE Main 2021: NTA postpones May session due to surge in COVID-19 cases; student's welcome move
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In another move providing relief to students, the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2021 May session scheduled to be conducted from May 24 to 28 has been postponed, announced the National Testing Agency (NTA) on Tuesday.

Secretary of Higher Education Amit Khare urged all centrally funded institutions to postpone all offline examinations scheduled in the month of May 2021 considering the second wave of Covid-19.

On Tuesday, the NTA, which conducts the competitive JEE (Main), released a public notice stating, "Keeping the present Covid-19 situation in mind, the JEE (Main) 2021 May session scheduled to be conducted on May 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 has been postponed. The registration for the May session will be announced at a later stage."

Recently, the NTA had announced the postponement of JEE (Main) April 2021 session due to the pandemic. NTA said, "The rescheduling of JEE (Main) April and May 2021 sessions will be done subsequently. Candidates are advised to check official websites jeemain.nta.nic.in and nta.ac.in for updates."

Students though relieved were expecting this postponement. Rajeshwari Upadhyay, a student said, "The current situation is not at all safe to step outside even for examinations. As the JEE (Main) April session was postponed, the May session was bound to be deferred."

In addition, the Secretary of Higher Education, Amit Khare has written a letter addressed to all heads of centrally funded institutions of India to postpone all offline examinations scheduled in the month of May 2021 considering the second wave of Covid-19. The letter stated, "Online examinations may continue."

Jobin Samson, a student leader said, "No student should be forced to step out in order to appear for any kind of offline examination during such a crucial time. Exams at all levels should be deferred and students should be given another chance later in areas where it is not possible to conduct online exams."

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