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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday sought personal intervention of PM Modi for deferment of this year's NEET and JEE exams in view of Coronavirus pandemic and flood situation.

Naveen discussed the issue with the PM in a telephonic conversation. He requested the Prime Minister to defer the NEET (UG) and JEE-Mains exams scheduled to be held in the month of September.

The CM said that steady rise in cases of Covid19 in Odisha and the current flood situation in several parts of the State is adversely affecting the aspirants' preparations for the exams and also may also prevent them from participating in the tests.

A few days, CM Naveen had sought attention of Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal in deferring the NEET and JEE exams. Despite rise in chorus of dissent against the conduct of the national level exams, the National Testing Agency (NTA) however made it clear that NEET and JEE will be conducted on the stipulated dates.

JEE (Mains) is scheduled to be held from September 1 to 6 while NEET (UG) has been slated for September 13.

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