The concerned officials of different states have been making necessary arrangements for holding the NEET 2020 exam in various allotted exam venues. As part of the preparations, one of the test centers in Kolkata has arranged precautionary things like thermal screening, fresh masks, sanitization on entry, and more. Delhi Public School, Ruby Park in Kolkata, has allotted only 12 students per classroom for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test [NEET]. The entrance exam has been scheduled to conduct on 13th September 2020 between 2 PM and 5 PM.
Every year, National Testing Agency [NTA] conducts the NEET entrance examination to provide admissions into various dental and medical courses. There was a massive backlash from several opposition parties across different states regarding the conduct of NEET and JEE Main 2020 exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the students and political parties also filed a plea to postpone the national-level entrance exams in the Supreme Court. But, the apex court gave a verdict in favor of the National Testing Agency.
As a result, the authorities at various test centers have geared up to make all the arrangements for the upcoming entrance test. Some of them have commenced taking all safety precautions to ensure the protection and security of the students. On Friday i.e., on 28th August 2020, the staff members at DPS Ruby Park were seen disinfecting the washrooms and corridors and sanitizing the benches.
The administrator at DPS Ruby Park, Hrishikesh Singh said, ‘Our primary aim is to ensure that students feel safe once inside the school. After receiving the advisory from NTA on August 25, we started making preparations to sanitize the premises. Although we have been doing this for a very long time for our students, we have taken additional measures to ensure all Covid-19 safety and security norms are followed by the candidates. All our staff and resources have been utilized in this regard and we are ready to host the candidates.’
As part of the precautionary measures, the students will enter into the exam center through thermal scans that check body temperature. Further, each student and staff will be given hand sanitizers. For maintaining social distance measures, the officials have marked circles at the entrance. The candidates will be given new masks inside the registration room. Before and after the examination, the classrooms will be sanitized and disinfected properly. As per the latest announcement, only 12 students will be permitted to sit in the exam hall instead of providing seating arrangements for 40 students in a single class.
The administrator further added, ‘Once we get the individual venue specific advisory mentioning how many candidates and invigilators to host, we will get to know how many classrooms to use for this purpose and bench allocation will be made accordingly. So far our preparations are in full swing.’ The school in Kolkata has been using sodium hypochlorite to disinfect the classrooms and corridors.
The officials also placed some of the safety awareness signboards that direct each student to maintain social distancing, use sanitizers, wear face masks, and more at specific locations. During the examination, the students will be provided water bottles instead of water dispensers. The principal of DPS Ruby Park, Joyoti Chaudhuri said that they have been following the guidelines of NTA to hold the entrance exam by taking proper precautionary measures. Chaudhuri said, ‘All measures are put in place for the safety of our staff, candidates, and invigilators.‘ In West Bengal, approximately 77061 students will take up the NEET entrance exam across 189 test venues. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest education news like exams, results, and more.