As a coronavirus scare stares the world in the face, several educational institutions around the globe are gradually turning to online classes. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the aspirants of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in India are facing trouble.
Even though the government is handling the scary and deadly situation of coronavirus calmly, the students are getting panicked about missing classes, exams and so on. Those students who are counting on quick tutoring for NEET and JEE are staggered as most states have banned public gatherings including student’s congregations in classes. The National Testing Agency (NTA), that conducts both these examinations, has not modified the test dates, and it seems unlikely.
However, in the world of technology, aspirants need not worry because some of the country’s major EdTech platforms are offering free access to their online applications and crash courses to prepare for JEE Main and NEET.
Moreover, Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL) has announced through its subsidiary Meritnation that it will offer special free live lectures to students. These courses will be held for students from grades 1 to 12 and students taking competitive exams such as JEE / NEET. In addition, Meritnation will also provide free live courses for students taking JEE / NEET.
As per notification says “The NTA announces to conduct JEE (Main) April-2020 Examination for admission to Undergraduate Programs in NITs, IIITs and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs), etc on April 5 and April 7-9 and April 11, 2020. Those candidates who have already appeared in JEE (Main) January-2020 examination can appear in JEE (Main) April 2020 examination for improvement, if they so wish. The candidates who could not appear in the January JEE (Main) 2020 examination, may also appear in JEE(Main) April-2020 examination.”
As JEE 2020 is planned to be held from April 5 to April 11, and NEET 2020 is scheduled to be conducted from May 3, this last-leg of preparation is crucial. Because of this decision of conducting online classes at home, students appearing for JEE 2020 and NEET 2020 can learn safely amid coronavirus scare.
In addition, students have free access to learning resources on www.meritnation.com.
Pavan Chauhan, Founder and CEO of Meritnation says that it will allow students a completely distraction-free, self-paced environment to work on their weak areas.
“Studying in one’s own home does require a certain basic level of discipline, but if a student can bring that, there are tremendous gains. In a situation of academic disruption, we will work with schools to offer our Live Class platform to help them conduct their classes for students at home. All educators can reach out to Meritnation for any assistance that they may need to help students. Meritnation will be there to ensure that the students get all the help to study from the safety of their homes,” he said.
Akhand Swaroop Pandit, CEO and Founder, Catalyst Group, an online learning platform for competitive exams, says, “In the wake of COVID-19, given that the universities and the schools are shut down, we are giving free access to students for various online classes on competitive exams.”
EdTech company Extramarks will provide all students full and free access to its app until April 30, 2020.
Ritvik Kulshrestha, CEO, Extramarks Education said, “this initiative (Go-To-School) will give all students full and free access to the entire app until April 30, 2020, and to JEE and NEET crash courses, starting March 20 and 23 respectively,” Extramarks said in a release. “As life comes to a standstill, thanks to technology, learning can continue. We are, hence, giving free access to all our learning apps to students till April 30, and of our technology platform to schools so that they can conduct online classes, under the Go-To-School initiative.”
Consistently, students were panicking but now it’s a time for them to boost up and do preparation with dedication at their homes.