Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: All preparations have been made for the smooth conduct of the Joint Entrance Examination Main in Odisha between September 1 and September 6.
The JEE Main is being conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for admission to various engineering colleges in India.
The entrance examination will be held at as many as 26 centres spread seven cities of Odisha – Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Balasore, Sambalpur, Angul and Rourkela.
A majority of the students who will appear in the JEE Main have already arrived in the respective cities where there are examination centres are located.
As per the orders of the State government, the students living in distant areas were provided transport facilities to reach near their examination centres in view of the COVD-19 crisis.
Facilities for the stay of the candidates have also been arranged by the local administration, according to officials.
“The candidates have arrived in the towns and given good accommodation,” said State Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy in a tweet.
The Chief Secretary thanked the management of engineering colleges for sparing hostels for the stay of the candidates.
According to officials, the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and protocols to be followed during the exams have been issued by the NTA and the same is being followed at all examination centres.
The centres have demarcated the footpaths for the students to stand during the admit card checking exercise that is to be carried before they are let inside the examination halls.
The JEE Main examination will be followed by the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses and other undergraduate medical courses on September 13.
Holding a video conference on Sunday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had asked the Biju Janata Dal legislators to extend help to the students appearing in JEE Main and NEET examinations from their respective constituency in view of COVID-19 pandemic and the prevailing flood situation.