The Odisha government has decided to facilitate transportation and accommodation for needy candidates appearing for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2020 and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exams, the Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy informed on Friday.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had written to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ as well as spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday for postponing the NEET and JEE exams. However, since there has not been any postponement and hardly 72 hours are left to the holding of the exams, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has swung into action to help the JEE and NEET applicants and has put his machinery into movement.
Floods are ravaging half of Odisha and there is no public transport due to this.
“There will be no travel restrictions on the movement of JEE Main candidates who do not have arrangements, their parents and officials who will conduct the exams. They can avail government transport facilities without payment to come to exam centres in Odisha,” said Tripathy.
In total 37,000 candidates will be appearing for the JEE Mains for which there are 26 centres in seven cities of the state. Further, Chief Secretary said that candidates who do not have their own transport to reach the examination centre or accommodation, should enlist for availing the government transport and accommodation.
Here’s how students can avail the facilities:
- Free accommodation for needy examinees will be arranged at polytechnic institutes, engineering colleges and ITIs, Tripathy said. He urged aspirants to share details on the number of nodal ITI principals. The government will provide buses to ferry candidates from their home town to the designated entrance venue.
- For each district one ITI has been declared as a nodal centre. Besides, the concerned administration have been asked to make free accommodation arrangement for needy examinees at different government institutions.
“Keeping this in view, all these arrangements have been made and all free of cost. This will go a long way in soothing the flayed nerves of the children and their parents while writing these entrance examinations. I doubt if any state has done so much preparatory work for these examinations.”