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The Gamble Of Precious Lives.

The ongoing discussion in India is about JEE and NEET exams. As there is a pandemic around the world, people have divided themselves on conducting or postponing the exams. But are we debating on the correct premise? Let’s find out.

Let us rely on numbers and data as they don’t lie. They say the facts whether we like it or not. Total medical seats in India are 1,18,316 in which, NEET marks allocate 85% of them and 15% by management quota. The total number of JEE seats are 39425 in which there is no management quota.

If you look at the number of students applied for JEE and NEET, the seat to student ratio is out of the roof. The number of seats available under NEET for 2020 is 76,928 for which a whopping 15.97 lakh students have enrolled. By the math, approximately twenty-one students are competing for one seat.

Same goes for JEE, the total number of seats available are 12,463 for which 8,58,273 have applied. So approximately seven students are competing for one seat. So if we combine both the streams, around 23 lakh students won’t get admission for NEET or JEE.

According to the official government websites of NEET and JEE, over 85% of students have downloaded their admit cards and are ready to give the exam. These are the numbers and the official data we have as per government and news channels.

If we look at the other side of the numbers, the situation is terrible, according to the same government data, 28 students commit suicide every day! Most of them are due to academic-related issues. The 2014-18 period saw a 26% increase in suicides compared to the previous five years.

The increase rate of seats and colleges is a snail walk compared to the number of students enrolling to write the examination. By the above numbers, 23 Lakh students are risking the lives of themselves and their family members to attend the exam.

The new education policy is a ray of hope in the darkness. If implemented correctly, it paves the way for the betterment of the next generation in all the aspects. It reduces the gap between getting trained and getting educated.

In the end, we needed a pandemic to realise the importance of the health of our future generations in physical form. Even now, we are not caring about their mental health. If we had the right debates and requested the government to increase colleges and improve our education rather than pointing out at the student and killing them mentally, those many precious lives would not succumb to educational pressure.

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