15 lakh candidates anticipated to look in NEET tomorrow amid strict COVID-19 precautions

New Delhi, September 12

Over 15 lakh candidates are anticipated to look in medical entrance examination NEET on Sunday which will likely be carried out amid strict precautions in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, in keeping with officers of the National Testing Agency (NTA).

In order to take care of social distancing, the NTA has elevated the variety of examination centres from originally-planned 2,546 to three,843, whereas the variety of candidates per room has been decreased from earlier 24 to 12.

The essential National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), which is a pen and paper primarily based check in contrast to engineering entrance examination JEE, has already been deferred twice in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The examination was initially scheduled for May 3, however was pushed to July 26, after which to September 13.

A complete of 15.97 lakh candidates have registered for the examination.

“For ensuring social distancing outside examination halls, a staggered entry and exit of candidates has been planned. Adequate arrangements have also been made outside examination centres to enable candidates stand with adequate social distancing while waiting,” a senior NTA official stated.

“Candidates have also been issued an advisory guiding them about the ‘dos and don’ts’ for proper social distancing. We have also written to states governments to extend support in local movement of the candidates so that they are able to reach their examination centres in time,” the official added.

The testing company has additionally modified centres for a couple of candidates this week in compliance with social distancing norms and COVID restrictions. However, town of the examination centre hasn’t been modified for any candidate.

Making hand sanitisers accessible on the entrance of the examination centre and contained in the examination corridor always, changing the method of checking the admit playing cards of candidates with barcode readers, rising the variety of examination centres, alternate seating plans, fewer candidates per room and staggered entry and exit are among the many steps the NTA has taken.

“While all of the candidates will likely be requested to come back to the examination centres with masks and sanitisers, as soon as they enter the centre, they should use the masks offered by the examination authority.

“Each candidate will be offered a three-ply mask at the time of entry and are expected to wear the same during the examination in order to avoid any form of unfair means at the time of examination,” the official added.

While the governments of Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have assured college students that they are going to present them transportation, a bunch of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) alumni and college students have launched a portal to supply transport amenities to examination centres for the candidates in want.

The Metro Railway in Kolkata is planning to run particular providers for NEET candidates on September 13 to assist them attain their examination centres.

There has been a rising refrain for suspending the exams amid the rising variety of COVID-19 instances.

The Supreme Court had earlier dismissed a plea looking for postponement of the examination amid a spurt within the variety of COVID-19 instances, saying a “precious year” of scholars can’t be wasted and life has to go on.

Several opposition leaders, together with Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik, DMK president M Ok Stalin and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had additionally demanded that this, in addition to JEE, be postponed.

When the JEE exams had been just some days away, the difficulty had escalated right into a full blown political battle with ministers from Rajasthan and Punjab (Congress), West Bengal (Trinamool Congress), Jharkhand (Jharkhand Mukti Morcha), Maharashtra (Nationalist Congress Party and Shiv Sena) looking for postponement of the exams “in a manner that achieved the twin objectives of ensuring that the academic year of the students is not wasted and their health and safety is not compromised”.

They have filed a petition within the apex court docket to evaluate its order of conducting JEE and NEET UG 2020 throughout the novel coronavirus crises. However, the plea was dismissed by the Supreme Court. — PTI

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