NEET starts off on a smooth note at most Mumbai centres – Times of India

MUMBAI: Thermal scanners, sanitisers and staff in PPE (personal protective equipment) suits (at some) welcomed NEET aspirants on Sunday morning at exam centres. Over 2 lakh students from Maharashtra are likely to appear for NEET-UG today. While the overall attendance will be known only after the exam, most aspirants had downloaded their hall tickets. Most centres followed strict social distancing norms and were quite well managed, but some places did see parents overcrowding. Parents also complained of confusion and delays at a few centres.

Parents and students, who got far-off centres, left their homes around three to four hours before their reporting time. But most reported at their centres on time. A parent from Kandivali who got a centre in Panvel left home at 9 am. She said that the arrangements at the centre were good and there was no overcrowding. Ruiee Kapoor a parent representative, said that the arrangements were very good at most city centres. “The centres were quite well managed and social distancing norms were followed well. There have been no major negative reports so far,” said Kapoor.

At a centre in Wadala, students who were to report at 11.15 am were not allowed inside the exam hall for almost an hour, creating confusion among parents and students. A parent, whose child was appearing from the centre, said that the delay in taking students inside was leading to overcrowding near the entrance. “The standard operating procedures were not followed strictly. Forget about social distancing, we are now also worried if students will get enough time to settle inside to attempt the paper. The reporting time was staggered, but there were delays in allowing them inside the campus,” said a parent, adding that it was completely mismanaged.

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