NEW DELHI: The National Testing Agency (NTA) on Tuesday extended the last date for submission of entrance test forms at seven major educational institutions.
"The NTA understands the importance of academic calendar and schedule, but it's equally concerned about the wellbeing of each citizen, including students," the NTA said.
The seven institutions include Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) where the last date for submission of applications has now been extended till April 30.
For the UGC-National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET)-June 2020, the new last date is May 16 and May 15 for the CSIR-National Eligibility Test (CSIR-NET)-June 2020.
The agency also announced that the JEE (Main) exams that were scheduled for April 5, 7 to 9 and April 11 that got postponed will likely take place during the last week of May 2020
It released a statement which said, "NTA has further notified that as of now the examination is proposed to be held in the last week of May 2020. The exact date will be announced after assessing the situation in the coming weeks."
It was also mentioned that Admit card for the entrance exam will also be issued after April 15, the day national lockdown is supposed to get over.
The last date for the All India AYUSH Postgraduate Entrance Test is May 31.
Amidst the COVID-19 shutdown, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' on Monday had advised the National Testing Agency to impose an extension on the last dates to submit applications for entrance exams in leading institutions like JNU and so on.
The Minister, during a tweet, said he has asked the NTA to postpone the last date for application forms for the ICAR Exam, JNU entrance examination, UGC-NET, CSIR-NET, NCHM JEE, IGNOU PhD and Management Entrance Exams.