Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhiyal ‘Nishank’.

JEE Mains 2020: The National Testing Agency (NTA) is expected to conduct the JEE-Main technical entrance exam starting Tuesday to help maintain social distancing at the centers in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh governments have assured students that they will transport candidates, a group of IIT alumni and students have set up a portal to provide examination center transport for the candidates in need.

The Union’s Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhiyal “Nishank”, has appealed to the prime ministers of various countries to support the students who come to the exam.

Given the rising number of COVID-19 cases, there has been a growing chorus for postponing JEE Mains and the NEET medical entrance exam. The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) -Mains for admission to engineering courses in IITs, NITs and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) will take place September 1-6. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is scheduled for September 13. Up to 8.58 lakh candidates have signed up for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) -Main and 15.97 lakh for NEET.

“I appeal to the Prime Ministers of all states to support our students in such unprecedented circumstances and take appropriate precautions so that aspirants do not experience any inconvenience. I also appeal to the students to have confidence in the agencies that are behind the implementation of the exam, ”said the Education Minister.

Increasing the number of exam centers, alternative seating plans, fewer candidates per room, and staggered entry and exit are among the steps the National Testing Agency has taken to ensure that NEET and JEE are carried out safely.

According to NTA officials, before the start of each exam shift and after the end of the last shift, all seats are thoroughly cleaned and the workstations and keyboards disinfected. “Hand disinfectants are always available at the entrance to the examination center and in the examination hall. The usual process of verifying candidates’ admission cards is being replaced with barcode scanners made available to the exam center authorities, ”one official said.

“While all candidates are asked to go to the exam centers with masks and disinfectants, once they enter the center they must use the masks provided by the examining authority. Each candidate will be offered a three-layer mask at the time of entry which they are expected to wear during the exam to avoid any form of unfair means at the time of the exam, “the official said.

Several students and parents called for the entrance exams to be postponed further amid the increasing number of coronavirus cases. Several opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi from Congress, Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, her counterpart from Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, DMK President MK Stalin and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia from Delhi, have also called for the exams to be postponed.

The Supreme Court had previously denied a request to postpone the two exams as the number of COVID-19 cases had soared. He said a “precious year” of students cannot be wasted and life must go on.

With barely days left for the JEE exams to begin, last week the issue had turned into a full-blown political battle with ministers from six states – Rajasthan and Punjab (Congress), West Bengal (Trinamool Congress), Jharkhand (Jharkhand Mukti Morcha). , Maharashtra (Nationalist Congress Party and Shiv Sena) – to seek postponement of exams “in a way that achieves the dual aim of ensuring that students’ academic year is not wasted and their health and safety are not compromised” .

They submitted a petition to the SC to review the order in which JEE and NEET UG 2020 entrance tests were carried out during the novel coronavirus crises.

The crucial investigations have already been postponed twice after the coronavirus pandemic. The JEE Main was originally supposed to take place from April 7th to 11th, but was postponed to July 18th to 23rd, the NEET-UG was originally planned for May 3rd, but was postponed to July 26th. They have been postponed again and are now scheduled for September. Based on the results of JEE Mains Paper 1 and Paper 2, the best 2.45 lakh candidates can apply for the JEE Advanced exam, which is a one-stop exam for admission the 23 leading Indian Technology Institutes (IITs). JEE-Advanced will take place on September 27th.


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