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File image of NEET candidates in Jabalpur (for representation) | Photo: ANI

Govt defers NEET PG 2021 exam amid surging Covid cases, plea in SC seeking postponement

No new date has been announced for NEET PG 2021 exam that was scheduled to be held on 18 April. Candidates across India had filed a PIL in Supreme Court seeking postponement of exam.
Representational image: College students | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint File Photo

Intense anxiety, burnout, entrance exams — education in India needs an overhaul

Campus Voice is an initiative by ThePrint where young Indians get an opportunity to express their opinions on a prevalent issue.
Students appearing for the JEE Mains in Kolkata in September 2020 | File image: ANI

No life, no hobbies, burnout, lost childhood — the price students pay for a prized IIT seat

Last year, 1.5 million students took the JEE to qualify for 13,000 seats in 23 IITs across the country – in other words, for each seat there were 115 aspirants.
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NEET 2021 date out, to be held on 1 August in 11 languages

NEET 2021 will be held in pen and paper mode. Govt has also decided to continue with the old format of one exam a year.
File image of NEET candidates in Jabalpur (for representation) | Photo: ANI

NEET 2021 dates to be finalised this week, exam will be held offline

NEET 2021 is likely to be held between June and July this year and the dates are expected to be announced soon, the NTA has said.
File image of NEET candidates in Jabalpur (for representation) | Photo: ANI

‘Server crash’ dents dreams of Dantewada’s 11 SC, ST & OBC NEET aspirants, despite making cut

District officials say they are in touch with the aggrieved students and that the matter has been resolved. Aspirants, parents disagree.
File image of UPSC aspirants leaving an examination centre after their exam in New Delhi | PTI

SC, OBC aspirants for UPSC, JEE to now get free coaching at ‘best’ centres of their choice

Modi government to now allow 2,000 of the 4,000 students it picks for its free coaching scheme to select their own institutes, even private ones.
Representational image of students queueing up for NEET | File photo: PTI

Tamil Nadu Governor clears 7.5% NEET quota bill, govt school students to get preference

The Governor gave his assent to the Bill a day after the Tamil Nadu govt took the executive route to implement the quota regime from the current 2020-21 academic year.
Twins Gowhar (left) and Shakir (right) with their father Bashir Bhat at their home in Batpora, Baramulla | By special arrangement

Baramulla twins clear NEET after huge struggle under lockdowns, fulfil father’s dream

Gowhar and Shakir Bhat could not get coaching as J&K was shut down when Article 370 was scrapped. Their father struggled hard to access internet for mock tests.
JEE aspirants outside a exam centre in Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

JEE Main will be held in more regional languages from next year, says education minister

Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said it will help students comprehend questions better and score higher.

On Camera

Representational image | A magnified coronavirus germ is displayed on a monitor during coronavirus patient sample detection tests in the virology research labs in a hospital in Leuven, Belgium | Bloomberg

Four issues that will dominate news for rest of 2021

Covid will dominate the headlines, but here are four stories, none of which is currently prominent in the news, to watch for the rest of 2021.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

Modi govt pushes BPCL privatisation, opens financial data to bidders

The BPCL privatisation, which could be the country’s biggest, is crucial for India. The govt needs to raise capital to make up the fall in tax revenues as the pandemic hit the economy.

Defence

A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Mayday, Mayday — How Modi govt led India into a perfect storm

Triumphalism, premature declaration of victory meant no one checked if India had enough vaccines, oxygen, remdesivir, bringing us back to a crisis where we need foreign aid after four decades.