NTA set to conduct JEE-Mains from Tuesday

New Delhi, August 31

The National Testing Agency (NTA) is all set to conduct the engineering entrance examination JEE-Mains from Tuesday amid elaborate preparations to take care of social distancing at centres in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the governments of Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have assured college students that they are going to present transportation to candidates, a gaggle of IIT alumni and college students have additionally launched a portal to offer transport services to examination centres for the candidates in want.

Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhiyal ‘Nishank’ has appealed to the chief ministers of varied states to help the scholars showing for the examination.

There has been a rising refrain for suspending JEE-Mains and medical entrance examination NEET amid the rising variety of COVID-19 circumstances.

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Mains for admission to engineering programs in IITs, NITs and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) is scheduled to be held from September 1 to six. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is scheduled on September 13.

As many as 8.58 lakh candidates have registered for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main and 15.97 lakh have registered for NEET.

“I appeal to chief ministers of all states that support our students in such unprecedented circumstances and make appropriate arrangements so the aspirants do not have to face any inconvenience. I also appeal to students to have faith in agencies behind conduct of the examination,” the Education Minister mentioned.

Increasing the variety of examination centres, alternate seating plans, fewer candidates per room and staggered entry and exit are among the many steps the National Testing Agency has taken for safely conducting NEET and JEE.

According to NTA officers, earlier than the beginning of every examination shift and after the final shift ends, all seats will probably be completely sanitised and the work stations and keyboards will probably be disinfected.

“Hand sanitisers will be available at the entrance of the examination centre and inside the exam hall at all times. The usual process of checking the admit cards of candidates will be replaced with barcode readers, which have been made available to the examination centre authorities,” an official mentioned.

“While all the candidates will be asked to go to the exam centres with masks and sanitisers, once they enter the centre, they will have to use the masks provided by the examination authority. Each candidate will be offered a 3-ply mask at the time of entry and expected to wear the same during the examination in order to avoid any form of unfair means at the time of examination,” the official mentioned.

There have been calls for from a number of college students and oldsters to additional postpone the doorway exams in view of the growing variety of coronavirus circumstances.

Several opposition leaders together with Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik, DMK President MK Stalin and Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia have additionally demanded that the exams be postponed.

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.

With barely days left for the JEE exams to start out, the difficulty had escalated right into a full blown political battle final week with ministers from six states—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 SC to assessment its order of conducting JEE and NEET UG 2020 entrance exams in the course of the novel coronavirus crises.

The essential exams have already been deferred twice within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The JEE-Main was initially scheduled to be held from April 7-11, however was postponed to July 18-23, the NEET-UG was initially scheduled for May 3, however was pushed to July 26. They have been postponed once more and are actually scheduled in September.

Based on the outcomes of the JEE-Mains Paper 1 and Paper 2, the highest 2.45 lakh candidates will probably be eligible to look for the JEE-Advanced examination, which is a one-stop examination to get admission into the 23 premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). JEE-Advanced is scheduled to happen on September 27. PTI

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