No proposal to merge NEET, JEE Main, CUET, says Dharmendra Pradhan: Report

Education minister's statement comes after the UGC chairman's announcement in August on the merger of NEET, JEE Main, CUET received mixed reactions.

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Education minister Dharmendra Pradhan at Kota (Image: Twitter/@airnewsalerts)Education minister Dharmendra Pradhan at Kota (Image: Twitter/@airnewsalerts)

Anu Parthiban | September 7, 2022 | 11:44 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that there is no proposal to merge Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main), National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) UG, and Common University Entrance Test (CUET) UG 2022. He was interacting with students in Kota.

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Clarifying on the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) recent proposal to merge JEE Main, NEET and CUET, the education minister said that no proposal is under consideration to introduce an integrated exam, as per the All India Radio News tweet. He further asked students to prepare for the exam without stress.

The announcement made by the UGC chairman M Jagadesh Kumar in August regarding the merger of NEET, JEE Main and CUET received mixed reactions. While the majority of them expressed concerns, students also organised a ‘combined symbolic protest’ at Jantar Mantar, Delhi, over the problems faced during the largest entrance exams this year and demanding extra attempts.

“This idea about merging JEE and NEET with CUET is senseless, rather it's a distraction to overcome the huge blunder done by NTA this year,” a student wrote on Twitter.

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While proposing the merger, the UGC chairman had said that the idea to merge all the three national level entrance exams is aimed to reduce burden on students from appearing in multiple entrances. Opposing the merger, students on social media pointed out several technical glitches and administrative issues faced during JEE Main 2022, NEET 2022, CUET UG 2022 exams this year.

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