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Is DUET 2020 being conducted satisfactorily?

The Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET) 2020, organized by the National Testing Agency, is being held in 24 cities across the country, for admission to 133 courses, including several undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil, and Ph.D. courses, despite the ongoing pandemic. But are the precautions being taken for these tests satisfactory?

Despite concerns raised by thousands of students, the Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET) began on the 6th September 2020. The DUET, organized by National Testing Agency, is being held in 24 cities across the country for admission to 133 courses, including several undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil, and Ph.D. courses. This year the estimated participation is over 2.20 lakh aspirants appearing between 6th September and 11th September 2020.

Some students said that the centers were sanitized frequently and officials were making an effort to maintain social distancing norms. However, several students criticized that the sanitation was not thorough and the social distancing norms were not being adhered to strictly, and people were assembling in groups.

The precautionary measures taken at the exam center were far from satisfactory.  They wanted us to wear masks which were given to us at the center. They were not even in a packet. A single person handing over masks to so many students only increases the risk of contracting the virus.

Priya Chauhan, who gave the DU LLB entrance, told DU Beat

Students appearing for NEET and JEE Mains have complained against the mask distribution at the center as well, saying that they were uncomfortable and scared to wear the mask given to them at the center.

Priya shared that the officials had claimed that they had sanitized the systems, but she doubts it because the keyboards and tables were dusty.

She also shared that students appearing for the exam were asked to sign a declaration twice, once before and once after the examination. It stated that the student had given the examination in a good environment and that adequate COVID related precautions were taken.

Post examination conditions often involve frenzy, due to students trying to collect their belongings and locate their parents or wardens. Therefore, precautionary measures must also extend to the dispersal of the huge crowd. However, dispersals were severely mismanaged, and all social distancing norms were forgone. Such negligence on part of officials and students is likely to result in a spike in the number of cases.

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Shraddha Iyer
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