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No Shutdown, Lockdown In Exam Centre Cities In Odisha

Bhubaneswar:29/8/20: There will be no shutdown or lockdown in cities in Odisha where the JEE (Main) 2020 and NEET (UG) exam will be held, as per an order issued by Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).

The move is aimed at ensuring that candidates, their guardians and those associated do not face any problems in reaching the exam center.

“There will be no lockdown or shutdown in force in the cities where examinations will be held from August 30 to September 7 and from September 12 to 14,” the official notification read.

It is pertinent to mention here that the JEE (Main) 2020 exam will be held from September 1 to September 6, while NEET (UG) will be conducted on September 13 across the country and the State.

Earlier, a lot of students, their escorts, examination personnel, and other service providers had requested Odisha government to initiate special measures to facilitate the free movement of Neet and JEE aspirants.
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Notwithstanding any restriction imposed by the State Authority or Any District Authority or any Municipal Authority relating to management of COVID-19, all candidates along with their guardian, if any, as well as the examination personnel (City coordinator(s), observers, center superintendents, deputy superintendents, invigilators, support staff, staff or representatives of the service providers for CCTV, jammers, frisking, Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) are allowed to travel from their place of stay to the examination cities and examination centers either in their personal vehicles or hired or public service vehicle,” the notification added.

As per senior officials, copy of the admit card of the candidates including soft copies thereof or any other document held by the candidates and any document held by the examination personnel and staff/ representatives of service providers in support of their deployment shall be considered as their valid movement pass throughout the State.

The organisers will ensure that all safety protocols relating to COVID-19 such as physical distancing mask-wearing, no spitting in a public place, personal hygiene, and sanitation, etc. are duly maintained inside the center.

Earlier on Friday, Odisha government had announced that it will provide free transportation and accommodation facilities for the candidates from the State who will appear in the upcoming JEE (Mains) Examination from September 1 to September 6.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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