State will ensure smooth conduct of NEET, JEE: Goa CM Pramod Sawant

PANAJI: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said the state government would ensure smooth conduct of the medical and engineering entrance exams, NEET and JEE, and would assist in enforcing all safety measures.

Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal had urged Sawant to make elaborate arrangements for both the national-level exams. As many as 5,412 students are expected to take the exams that will be held in 17 centres across Goa.

While JEE will be held from September 1-6, NEET will begin from September 13, Sawant said.

At a meeting with the education secretary and officials of the directorates of higher education and technical education, Sawant directed that classrooms be sanitised before the exams are held. He also said the departments concerned should ensure that social distancing among candidates is maintained and that all candidates wear masks and sanitise their hands.

The police and both district collectors have been instructed to maintain law and order, the chief minister said.

Reacting to the opposition’s protests over conducting the exams amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Sawant said students’ futures are dependent on such tests. “Nobody should politicise the issue. The state government has already conducted the Goa Common Entrance Test, SSCE and HSSCE. I urge them (opposition) to withdraw their agitation,” he said.

State opposition leader Digambar Kamat had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to heed the pleas of students across the country and postpone JEE and NEET. Kamat had said that the Centre should understand the gravity of the pandemic and take decisions.

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