According to a well-known activist lawyer who recently challenged the matter of university exam uniformity to court, looking at the “very logical reasons” cited by students. Because earlier counselling had been postponed, Sahai told TOI, it made sense to move the NEET-UG exam, which was slated for mid-July, forward.
“The previous batch’s counselling got delayed, and in some states it is still going on. So, the July 2022 batch counselling and academic schedule will be pushed ahead anyway, as I don’t think there is infrastructure and academic wherewithal to run both batches concurrently,” said Sahai and added, “So if everything is going to get delayed anyway, then why not delay the entrance exam too. This will give students some extra time to prepare.”
A large number of messages from students asking a postponement were sent to Twitter, which has been the principal venue for all prior similar demands. Some argue that the government should at the very least acknowledge their request. @DropperNeet wrote: “We Will Respect Your Decision But Please Officially Put Some Notice About ..Mental Pressure Is Killing Us From Inside .. please postpone NEET UG sir”.
Others were concerned about other entrance exams taking place at the same time. @rohan22t wrote: “(1) Droppers are getting less than 3MONTHS (2)-Different syllabus exam like CUET NEET JEE MAIN with NO GAP (3) Army nursing aspirants are getting just two months for a complete different exam pattern”. @AIJNSA_official wrote “This year NEET- (UG) – 2022 is scheduled on 17th JULY and the counselling was completed in April last week. While in some states the counselling & seat allotment process was continued even after the release of the notification for NEET (UG)-2022”.
@Uzziepixie wrote: “Not only this affects the mental health of the aspirants but also their parents who had hopes to see they child become a DOCTOR. Does mental health of us matter to you? It’s as request to @DG_NTA”.
The increase in online decible level of students, as they become more vocal in their demands is a good sign, said Sahai. “The demands to either cancel or delay exams at such a scale is something which we are witnessing now only. It never existed before. Many times students approach us for such cases and we take it forward and then there are times when we counsel them, if it does not seem a valid demand,” said Sahai.
Interacting with student associations, she continued, is also a terrific learning experience for her team. “When they explain things to us with logical reasons to back up their demand, we too realize that they are correct. So it’s a good thing that students are now taking up these issues,” said Sahai.
These student demands will only gain traction once they get political traction.“I foresee that very soon education and health will become electoral issues. This movement by students is the beginning and as more people become aware of the situation, public representatives will be held accountable for their manifestos regarding education,” said Sahai.