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States prepare for the JEE (Main) exam today

States like Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Rajasthan will offer free visit students appearing within the Joint entrance exam (Main), or JEE (Main), this week. Others like Bihar and Odisha will deploy additional security forces outside examination centres to enforce social distancing norms.

JEE (Main), for admission to engineering colleges including the elite Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), is to be held over September 1-6. It’s the primary major nationwide entrance test being held since the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) started spreading wider in early March.

Although several opposition-ruled states have opposed the conduct of the exam at a time when the pandemic remains raging, all have made elaborate arrangements for the test.

Around 1,000,000 students have enrolled for appearing within the exam across the country. The National Testing Agency (NTA), overseeing the test, has issued detailed guidelines for conducting the exam including sanitization of examination rooms, maintaining a minimum distance of two metres between two tables and mandatory temperature checks on each student.

Students, who for the primary time they’re going to give an examination with gloves on, shouldn’t panic; they have to take care and skim the rules intimately , said Ashish Arora, head of academics at Jaipur-based Allen Career Institute. All students are asked to return to the examination centre a minimum of an hour before scheduled start of the exam.

“The children got to be calm at the centres because the movement inside the centres would be slow,” Arora said.

Ajay Singh, manager of the Uniconcept examination centre in Patna, said the scholars should lookout to take care of social distancing.

A Patna official said an adequate number of district magistrates and police personnel would be deployed to stop gatherings outside exam halls. In Odisha, too, police reinforcements are deployed at examination centres to assist students and to stop overcrowding.

“Traffic police personnel would be posted at crucial places for smooth flow of traffic in order that students reach on time,” said Bhubaneswar municipal commissioner PC Chaudhry, adding that there would be no restrictions on inter-state traffic to assist students reach their examination centres.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation released an inventory of hotels and lodges within the city to assist students and their parents to seek out accommodation; in Ganjam district, buses are provided to hold students to their examination centres. On Saturday, the government announced a relaxation of weekend lockdowns until September 13.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said the government has arranged free transport for college kids taking JEE (Main) and therefore the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical and dental courses, due on September 13 .

“The arrangement has been made to make sure that the scholars don’t face any problem thanks to Covid situation. However, for this, they’re going to need to contact the authorities on telephone number 181 or get themselves registered on mapit.gov.in/covid-19,” Chouhan said.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday directed district collectors to make sure arrangements associated with health protocols are in situ at the examination centres; he also asked them to rearrange transport and accommodation for college kids and their parents.

The governments of West Bengal , Kerala and Punjab, which had opposed holding the JEE and other Central entrance examinations, directed their transport departments to rearrange buses for college kids to succeed in examination centres.

“Private bus operators and taxi associations are asked to work all vehicles. government buses also will get on the streets,” a senior state West Bengal government official said on condition of anonymity.

He said a minimum of 3,000 buses will run in and around Kolkata and auto-rickshaw unions are asked to work on routes on which examination centres are located.

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