UPSEE 2020: 26% skip exam in city; candidates favour selfies over social distancing – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Conducted in the shadow of Covid-19 pandemic, about 26% applicants skipped UP State Entrance Examination (UPSEE) 2020 organised by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) on Sunday for admissions to various technical institutes in the state.

According to officials, 74% candidates out of total 1.6 lakh who had registered for the test took the exam. They said the pandemic could not make much impact because there is a drop of just six percentage points in comparison to last year’s 80% attendance.

The exam was held in two shifts in 206 centres — 187 in UP and 19 in other parts of the country like Chandigarh, Dehradun, Patna, Mumbai, Bhopal, Jaipur, Ranchi, Roorkee, Kolkata and Delhi. Around 13,150 examinees appeared for the test at 18 centres in the city.

The admissions to around 596 engineering, management and pharmacy colleges affiliated to AKTU will be done on the basis of UPSEE 2020 scrores.

Though elaborate Covid measures were announced, social distancing norms went up in smoke as students came out of exam centres in Lucknow. Exposing the lapse, some examinees were also seen wearing a mask below their chin and clicking selfies.

However, UPSEE coordinator Prof Vineet Kansal said social distancing norms were followed in all the centres, which were sanitised well in advance. Thermal scanning of candidates and staff was done at entrance.

Kansal said candidates whose body temperature was found to be above 99.4 were rescanned after 15 minutes. Examinees whose body temperature remained above normal even after 15 minutes were made to write the exam in the isolation room.

“OMR sheets were also sanitised using ultraviolet rays — both before giving it to candidates for writing answers and after the examination before sending them for evaluation,” he added.

AKTU vice-chancellor Prof Vinay Pathak said all nodal officers were connected through Bot. “I personally did a surprise inspection at several centres and found arrangements satisfactory,” he said.

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