After JEE Main, National Testing Agency gears up for medical entrance NEET

New Delhi, September 6

After JEE Main, the National Testing Agency (NTA) is now gearing up for conducting medical entrance examination NEET scheduled to be held on September 13 for which over 15 lakh candidates have registered.

The Joint Entrance Exam (JEE Main), which started on September 1 for admission to engineering schools, will conclude on Sunday.

The essential exams are being carried out in September after being postponed twice in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to NTA officers, 15.97 lakh candidates from throughout the nation have registered for NEET, which is a pen-paper based mostly take a look at in contrast to JEE.

In order to keep up social distancing, the NTA has elevated the variety of centres from 2,546 to three,843 for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) whereas the variety of candidates per room has been decreased from earlier 24 to 12.

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

“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 on time,” the official added.

Making hand sanitisers out there 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 go 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’ll present them transportation, a bunch of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) alumni and college students have additionally launched a portal to offer 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.

“As per the plan, candidates along with guardians will be allowed to board the trains on showing their admit cards,” in accordance with Metro Railway common supervisor Manoj Joshi.

There has been a rising refrain for suspending the exams amid the rising variety of COVID-19 circumstances. The Supreme Court had earlier dismissed a plea searching for postponement of the 2 exams amid a spurt within the variety of COVID-19 circumstances, 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 the exams be postponed.

With barely days left for JEE exams to start out, the problem 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) searching 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 filed a petition within the apex court docket to evaluation its order of conducting JEE and NEET UG 2020 entrance assessments throughout the novel coronavirus crises.

However, the plea was dismissed by the Supreme Court.

The NEET-UG was initially scheduled for May 3, however was pushed to July 26 after which scheduled for September 13. PTI 

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