In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gujarat government will take all necessary precautions to conduct JEE and NEET exams next month, State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said on Monday.
A total of 38,167 students are expected to attend the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for admission to engineering and pharmacy courses.
The test will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) at 32 centers in 13 districts between September 1 and 6, Chudasama said in a statement.
He said the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate) or NEET (UG) will take place on September 13 in 214 centers in 10 districts, with 80,290 candidates expected to appear.
Chudasama and Junior Education Minister Vibhavariben Dave held a virtual meeting Monday with collectors, police, tax and education officials from various districts regarding the exams.
“The state administration is ready to host JEE and NEET with ease and amid fears of a coronavirus pandemic.
All collectors concerned were asked to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) established by the center for performing such tests, ”said Chudasama.
He said district authorities had also been directed to avoid the hustle and bustle in testing centers and implement social distancing during the test.
Each student will be checked with a heat gun at the time of entry into the exam center, the minister said, adding that each exam center will be fully sanitized before and after the test.