From international environmental activist Greta Thunberg to Delhi Deputy Prime Minister Manish Sisodia to West Bengal Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee, several political leaders, activists, students, parents and other stakeholders have concerns about holding the Joint Entrance Examination , JEE) and the National Entrance Test (NEET) voiced in September amid the Covid-19 pandemic. While NEET will take place on September 13th, JEE (Mains) will take place from September 1st to 6th.
Here are 10 things you need to know about the NEET-JEE exams so far:
– – The exam dates have been extended twice due to Covid-19: Over 8.58 Lakh and 15.97 Lakh candidates have registered for JEE (Main) and NEET (UG) this year. In general, the JEE (Mains) exams for technical aspirants are held in April, while NEET is held for medical aspirants in May. These investigations have been postponed twice in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the March 25 nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of the disease.
– – Number of centers increased: To ensure social distancing is maintained, the National Testing Agency (NTA), which is responsible for conducting these tests, increased the number of centers this year. While the number of centers for JEE has increased from 570 to 660, the number for NEET is 3,843, an increase from 2,546.
– – Tickets available online: While NTA has released tickets for JEE (Mains), the Apex Examination Board announced on Tuesday that it will soon also release tickets for NEET. Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ told a news channel in an interview that over 80% of students had already downloaded the JEE (Mains) cards by Tuesday.
– – Social distancing in exam rooms: According to the standard operating protocols developed by NTA, a reduced number of candidates will sit in exam rooms to maintain social distancing. In the case of NEET (UG), the number of candidates per room has been reduced from the previous 24 to 12. While students were asked to wear gloves and masks at all times, the centers will be in the middle in case students or staff need additional aids.
– – Precautions: A hand sanitizer will be available at the entry and exit points. The students are staggered to avoid overcrowding. There will be thermal guns to check the temperature of all employees and candidates. If an examination officer does not meet the self-declaration criteria or the thermal scanner examination, he will be asked to leave the examination center immediately. Isolation rooms will also be set up for students with a body temperature of over 99.4 degrees Fahrenheit. NTA has said that “No one will be denied permission to appear for the exam if he / she violates the Covid-19 government (central / state) guidelines / advice in effect on the day of the exam and instructions on the admissions card . ”
– – S.Students cite problems: Aside from the Covid-19 threat, several stakeholders have indicated that students from flood-hit states like Bihar, Gujarat and Assam, or the rain-hit counties of Kerala, or from areas like Jammu and Kashmir that have internet connectivity issues To do this you will have to fight more to appear for the entrance exams. Activists have also indicated that students traveling to different centers and returning to multi-generational families can further spread the disease in the country.
– – Several districts blocked: Of the 734 districts in the country, there are 345 districts across the country in place to varying degrees in lockdown orders related to Covid-19. Students in these fields are likely to have trouble commuting to the exam center using a reduced number of public transportation.
– – Political leaders on the other hand: Leaders of various political parties, such as Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Trinamool Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal, have expressed reservations about conducting exams during a pandemic and have urged the center to come up with an alternative solution for admission to medicine and technology to find courses. The Interim President of the Congress, Sonia Gandhi, and the Prime Minister of Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday with the Prime Ministers of the non-BJP countries.
– – Student protests: Student organizations such as AISA, SFI, NSUI have regularly carried out social media campaigns to request that exams be canceled or postponed. Twitter hashtags like #ProtestAgainstExamsinCovid garnered over three million tweets in a single day. The student community has also held staged hunger strikes to protest the problem. Other exams to be held in September include the Delhi University entrance exam, Common Law admission test, IP University entrance exams and UGC-NET exams.
– – Losing an academic year is a problem: Academics said further delaying exams could disrupt the academic calendar and put students’ futures at risk. They also stressed that running the exams in September would at least allow institutes to start online courses. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court also said that “life has to go on” and that students “cannot waste an entire year.”