The Government of Odisha has decided to offer free transportation and accommodation to the candidates who will take up JEE Main and NEET 2020 exams in the state. On Friday, i.e., on 28th August 2020, the state government has made this announcement due to the COVID-19 crisis across the state. The transportation facility can be utilized by the students to travel to and from the test centers.
In Odisha, a total of 26 exam centers have been set up in and across 7 districts to hold the entrance exams. Earlier, Odisha also opposed holding the JEE and NEET 2020 exams amid the pandemic situation across the state. However, the apex court has permitted NTA to conduct the entrance exams amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the directives, the Odisha state government has decided to hold the exams across various test venues.
In addition to this, the state has ensured that the students and their guardians can utilize hassle-free inter-district travel who can take care of their transportation. On Thursday, Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha called Prime Minister Narendra Modi to request for the postponement of the medical and engineering courses due to the increasing COVID-19 cases and sudden rains that led to heavy floods in Odisha.
The Odisha CM also wrote a letter on this issue to the Union Education Minister earlier. About 37000 candidates in Odisha are anticipated to take up the exams. Asit Tripathy, the Chief Secretary of Odisha said, ‘Keeping the present scenario in mind, if any candidate is facing any issue in terms of accommodation and transportation, the state government will provide free of cost transportation and accommodation to the students who need it. We are determined to help the candidates while adhering to Covid-19 safety norms.’
Tripathy further added, ‘For candidates who can arrange their transportation, we will ensure hassle-free inter-district movement for them.’ One ITI has been set up as a nodal center in every district of Odisha. Sanjay Singh, Principal Secretary, Skill Development, and Technical Education Department said that the candidates who require transportation and accommodation can apply themselves at the nodal ITI of any district. Further, the corresponding district administrations will provide transportation to the registered students to and from the exam venues until their return.
He further said that an official order has been sent to all the private and government colleges across the state to open their hostels. This will help officials to provide accommodation to the students and guardians for free of cost. The concerned authorities at nodal ITI centers in 7 districts were given directions to chart out the locations for the accommodation of the students.
Considering the COVID-19 pandemic across the state, the Odisha Public Service Commission had decided to postpone the Odisha Civil Services [Main] written exam to November 2020. The commission has announced the same on Friday. It said that the accurate date will be announced later. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest updates about various educational news.