Kerala: Amid concerns, KEAM exam to be held today | Thiruvananthapuram News

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Braving all odds and cautionary words, KEAM entrance test for admission to professional degrees in the state would be held on Thursday. Over one lakh students are expected to participate in the examination to be held in 342 centres across Kerala, Mumbai, Delhi and UAE.
There could be no better time for organising the entrance test, claims government sources despite burgeoning Covid-19 cases in the state.
Unlike in the previous years, it would take at least a month for Commissioner for Entrance Examinations (CEE) to announce entrance rank list.
As per the protocol prescribed by state health department, answer booklets will have to be kept in stack rooms for a minimum of 14 days before evaluation could begin. “We would be conducting the examination by strictly adhering to the Covid protocol. The answer booklets would be collected by not touching them with naked hands. Since it’s an exam that over a lakh students take, there will be no compromise on the health and safety of students, invigilators and officials involved in the process,” said A Geetha, commissioner for entrance examinations.
Meanwhile, Union minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan was the latest to demand the state government to put off the examination, considering the gravity of the pandemic outbreak. Several political leaders, self-financing engineering college managements, parents and students had expressed concern over the government decision to stick to the current schedule. “Considering that Kerala is on the verge of community spread, it is better that the entrance be postponed to a later date. It was for the same reason that the Centre had put off NEET to September,’’ he said.
According to sources, CEE would be able to publish the scores only by August 15 and it would take 15 more days to announce the rank list for which students would need to submit their Plus Two marks for Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry papers. Rank list is prepared giving equal weightage to the entrance score as well as the marks scored by these subjects. “The AICTE guidelines say admission to engineering courses should be completed by October 15. But, this date is bound to change as even JEE examination has been rescheduled to September,” the sources said.
The government has given instructions to make special arrangements for students from super-spread areas. The office of CEE has informed the students from Poonthura, Manikyavilakam and Puthanpally of the examination centres allotted to them.
The government has also taken steps to deploy close to 5,000 youth volunteers for assisting officials and students for the smooth conduct of KEAM.

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