NEW DELHI: The Joint Entrance Examination (Main) for admission to various engineering colleges in India will begin from Tuesday. The examinations are being held under unprecedented circumstances due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The government has made special arrangements to make sure that the students can attend the exams without any risk. However, there is also a stiff opposition by various political parties and students against conducting examinations during a pandemic.
Here is a look at the key points —
- About 9.58 lakh aspirants have registered for the exam to be conducted from September 1-6 across 660 testing centres.
- A group of IIT alumni and students have launched a portal to provide transport facility to exam centres for needy aspirants.
- A comprehensive standard operating procedure for the candidates and centre staff has been put in place to ensure social distancing and secured delivery of the test.
- The number of aspirants per room has been brought down to 12 from 24 for the computer-based test.
- The computers used in the first shift of the day will not be used in the second shift.
- Staggered entry and exit, not allowing the gathering of parents/guardians near the centre will help in crowd management and social distancing.
- Before the start of each shift and after the last shift ends, all seats, including the workstation and keyboards will be disinfected.
- The complete centre, its walls, toilets and doors will also be thoroughly sanitised.
- Hand sanitisers will be available at the entrance of the examination centre and inside the exam hall.
- The usual process of checking the admit cards of candidates will be replaced with barcode readers.
- Even though the candidates are being asked to come to the test centres with masks and sanitisers, at the centre they will have to use the masks provided by the examination authority.
- Each candidate will be offered a three-ply mask at the time of entry and is expected to wear the same during the examination.
- In Mumbai, students will be permitted to use the special suburban services of Central and Western Railways. The admit cards of the candidates will be considered as a proof to enter stations with companions. The frequency of trains will also be increased to help the studentsRead More – Source