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Tuesday, 1 September 2020

JEE exams begin today with precautions amid coronavirus pandemic

The Joint Entrance Examinations for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology will begin on Tuesday, despite protests by opposition parties and some students. While JEE will be held from Tuesday, the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test will take place on September 13.

The JEE exam will be conducted from Tuesday with strict physical distancing measures and other precautions in place, amid the coronavirus pandemic. The examinations have already been postponed twice this year. They begin after the Supreme Court rejected a petition by 11 students calling for further postponement. Additionally, on August 29, six Opposition-ruled states filed a last-minute plea in the top court to review its earlier order.

Last week, the National Testing Agency, which is in charge of the examinations, released an extensive list of rules and guidelines for students taking the exams. It included mandatory use of face masks and gloves, compulsory carrying of sanitiser and a water bottle. Candidates must wash their hands with soap and water before entering the exam centre. The agency has increased the number of testing centres to enable physical distancing.

The NTA has also sought a self-declaration from students that they do not suffer from any symptoms of the coronavirus. Exam centres will have isolation rooms for those whose temperatures measure...

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