PUDUCHERRY: The Union government has no plan to suspend the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and other common entrance examinations due to Covid-19 pandemic, Union minister of state for health and family welfare Bharati Pravin Pawar has said.
Furnishing a written reply to the queries posed by Chennai South MP Thamizhachi Thangapandian and Villupuram MP D Ravikumar in the Parliament on Friday, the minister said NEET (PG) and NEET (UG) 2021 would be held on September 11 and 12 respectively.
"The examination shall be conducted with all due precautions and following all protocols including maintaining Covid appropriate behaviour. The number of examination centres has been increased across the country to avoid crowding and long travel by the candidates," the minister said.
Pawar said admit cards issued to the candidates would bear a Covid e-pass for easy movement of the candidates. Outlining additional protective measures to be adopted, she said the entry and exit of candidates from examination centres would be staggered to prevent crowding.
All the candidates will be screened for body temperature and candidates detected with above normal temperature will be allowed to take the examination in a separate isolation lab, she said.
"Use of face mask shall be compulsory for the candidates. They will be provided with a protective gear safety kit comprising a face shield, a face mask and hand sanitiser. Measures will be taken to control the crowd outside the examination centres," she said.
The minister said the universities and the states concerned could decide on entrance examinations for admissions to arts and science courses.