Around 85 to 90% college students seem for NEET examination: Pokhriyal

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 13

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Sunday stated that “around 85 to 90 per cent” college students who registered themselves for the NEET UG examination appeared at the moment.

“NTA informed me that around 85-90%  students appeared in NEET exam today. I sincerely thank all Chief Ministers and DG NTA for proper arrangements made to facilitate student participation. NEET participation reflects the tenacity and grit of young AtmaNirbharBharat,” Pokhriyal stated.

The National Testing Agency had applied a complete plan to carry NEET UG examination amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 15 lakh candidates had registered for the examination carried out at the moment.

NEET was held on Sunday amid strict precautions in view of the COVID-19 pandemic at over 3,800 centres throughout the nation with college students queuing up as per their designated time slots, adhering to social distancing norms.

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) started at 2 pm, however entry to centres began at 11 am. Students had been allotted totally different slots for entry to make sure there may be staggered motion and social distancing is maintained.

Over 15 lakh candidates have registered for NEET, which was earlier postponed twice in view of the pandemic.

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ wished luck to the candidates showing for the examination and guaranteed that preparations are in place for his or her security.

“I wish luck to candidates appearing for NEET today. I am confident that students will appear for the exam with confidence and follow all guidelines. All states have made required arrangements to ensure hygiene and safety of students as per guidelines,” he tweeted.

Mohammad Ovais, who got here from Moradabad to his examination centre in Dilshad Garden right here, stated his entry slot was at 11 am.

“I left from Moradabad at 5 am. It is not that risky if everybody follows all precautions, the problem arises when people take it casually. There was no crowding at the centres as everybody had designated slots,” he stated.

Vanhika Chaurasia, a resident of Rohini stated, “Online exam would have been a better option than a pen and paper-based test but we have no option. More delay in exams would have caused the loss of a year”.

For Yuvraj Kumar, the larger concern was travelling by public transport.

“Thankfully metro services resumed before the exam because I was concerned about that and other modes of public transport are not as safe. We were given separate masks at the centre and we had to dispose of the one we were wearing before,” he stated.

Ajmal Ismail, who’s showing for the examination at a Mayur Vihar centre stated, “More than the coronavirus it was the anxiety whether exams are happening or will still be postponed, that caused me more stress. I have done my preparation well and taken all precautions.” Till Saturday 5 pm greater than 15 lakh of the 15.97 lakh registered candidates downloaded their admit playing cards. 

Various state governments had introduced free transportation and lodging, together with West Bengal that ran particular metro service for candidates. 

The examination has been postponed twice as a result of pandemic and the federal government determined to go forward with the exams, regardless of opposition, to mitigate any additional educational loss.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has set in place strict customary working procedures (SOPs) in view of the pandemic, together with measures like lowering the variety of candidates per room from the sooner 24 to 12. 

The NTA has additionally elevated the variety of centres from 2,546 in 2019 to three,862 this 12 months to make sure crowd administration and staggered entry and exit protocols. Unlike the engineering entrance (JEE), NEET-UG, the medical admission check, is a pen and paper examination and held yearly.

Accordingly, the NTA has modified centres for just a few candidates this week in compliance with social distancing norms and COVID restrictions. 

However, the town of the examination centre hasn’t been modified for any candidate. The centres which had greater than 900 candidates are distributed into two centres.

While all of the candidates had been requested to go to the examination centres with masks and sanitisers, as soon as they entered the centre, they had been requested to make use of the three-ply masks supplied by the examination authority.

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

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