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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Joint Entrance Examination 2020 (OJEE), a state-government controlled centralised test for admission to many government and private medical, engineering and management institutions in the State, began on Monday and will continue till October 19.

Like JEE Main examination, OJEE is also being conducted on computer based test (CBT) in three shifts per day abiding by all COVID-19 guidelines.

OJEE Chairman Sudeep Kumar Chand stated that a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been released to conduct the examination in adherence with the Covid-19 guidelines.

“According to the SOP, at all the Test Centres, only 50% of the total seating capacity is utilised such that the gap between consecutive candidates are maintained as per guidelines. Before the beginning of each shift, the entire test venue including examination halls, door handles, lift switches, railings are disinfected,” stated Chand

“Similarly, before the beginning of each shift, the seating area of each candidate, including chair, desk, monitor, keyboard, mouse are thoroughly sanitised. All the invigilators and associated staff are provided with masks and gloves. Candidates are sanitising their hands by washing with soap and with hand sanitiser before entering the centre. Hand sanitisers are made available at entry and at various places inside the exam venue for use by the candidates and the staff. The entire examination process is made contactless to ensure the norms of social distancing,” he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik extended his best wishes to all the candidates on Twitter.

“Best wishes to all the students appearing for Odisha JEE exam. May you all be successful and come through with flying colours,” Patnaik wrote.

A record number of 80,000 students are appearing OJEE 2020 so the number of centres has also been increased. The examination is conducted at 51 centres in 21 districts across the state. Meanwhile five centres outside Odisha-Kolkata, Ranchi and Patna are also in operation.

The examination is conducted by Skill Development and Technical Education in which other administrative departments like police, electric, water supply are also involved and ready to extend their full cooperation.

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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