The Jharkhand administration is ready to hold the Joint Entrance Exams (JEE) -Main in five cities – Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bokaro, Dhanbad and Hazaribag – starting Tuesday amid the ongoing Covid pandemic, officials said Monday.
Masks, thermal scanning, social distancing, and disinfection would be mandatory in all exam centers. There will also be an isolation room at each center for those who show symptoms of Covid during the health scan at the center, officials said.
Up to eight centers – two each in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad and one each in Bokaro and Hazaribag – have been set up, in which more than 23,000 students are expected to take the exams in batches by September 6th. The examination would be conducted in two shifts at most centers.
Meanwhile, the examinees have given a mixed response to taking the exam amid a pandemic. The majority of them said their main motive was to stay safe.
Rohit Kumar, a candidate from Dhanbad’s Bhuli Nagar area, said, “I fear that if I get infected I may not be able to write JEE Advance, which is scheduled for September 27th.”
Many students said their preparations had been hampered due to recent controversy and doubts about conducting these exams. “We thought the exam would be postponed,” said Anshuman, a Ranchi candidate.
Ram Singh, Ranchi City Coordinator for JEE-Main, who is also the Director of Delhi Public School (DPS), said: “In Ranchi, two centers have been established in Tatisilwai and Tupudana. By September 6, around 8,000 students would be attending these centers in groups. “
He said, “On Tuesday, the exam will only be held at the Tupudana Center. From Wednesday the exams will take place in two shifts at both centers. Around 1,500 students would take the exam in both shifts. “
Lokesh Mishra, Ranchi Division Head (SDO), said: “You are in constant contact with the superintendent of the center to ensure free and fair exams in a healthy atmosphere. All mandatory protocols for Covid-19, including thermal scanning, social distancing, and wearing masks would be strictly followed. Centers have been asked to make separate arrangements for parents, respecting Covid guidelines. “
Mishra said, “Every student needs thermal scanning. Those showing high temperatures or other symptoms of Covid would be moved to a separate isolation room. “
According to the JEE-Main, the National Testing Authority (NTA), the hub for conducting the tests, will hold the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) on September 13th.
The director of DPS Ranchi, who is also the city coordinator for NEET, said: “A total of 25 test centers have been set up for the NEET exam, which is carried out in one shift from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on one day.”
A total of 40 NEET exam centers have been set up in three cities – Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Bokaro – and more than 22,000 students would appear.
Ranchi (DC) Deputy Commissioner Chhavi Ranjan held a meeting on Monday in preparation for conducting NEET exams. The DC asked the officers to design an entry and exit period for the examinees and to set up a separate room for the parents.
The DC also asked for a help desk to be set up in each exam center so that students would not have transportation problems.
78% of adolescents vote for “no difficulty” in the CM survey on Twitter
Jharkhand’s Prime Minister Hemant Soren was concerned about the rising cases in Covid and conducted a poll on his official Twitter handle on Sunday. He asked the aspirants if they would have difficulty if the JEE-NEET exams were postponed, to which 78% of respondents answered negatively.
More than 1.87 lakh responded to the poll, which ended late Sunday evening. While 78% of them said they would have no trouble, 21% of those surveyed said they would. Only one percent of users responded with an “I don’t know” option.