Health Ministry has issued revised guidelines on the preventive measures to follow in the examination centre to avoid the spread of COVID-19.With major govt. recruitment examinations and UGC NET lined up, it has become a topic of debate among aspirants.COVID-19 cases are still going to rise, many aspirants and their guardian demanded the postponement of exams with the fear of getting infected. Hence, the government has now issued revised SOP guidelines that must be followed by the students as well as the examination centres authority. Check out the guidelines given below issued by the health ministry.
1. Generic preventive measures
All the candidates are advised to follow these preventive measures.
- The physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed.
- Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory.
- Practice frequent hand washing with soap for at least 40-60 second.
- Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers for at least 20 seconds.
- Respiratory etiquette to be strictly followed which includes covering of mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing etc.
- Self-monitoring of health and report illness if exist.
- Spitting shall be strictly prohibited.
- Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App.
If exam authority or institution is planning to provide transportation facilities to the students, the vehicles involved in transportation of candidates to be sanitized at regular intervals.
All Universities/Educational Institutions or Examination Conducting Authorities and Examination centres shall specifically ensure the following arrangements:
All the examination conducting institutions are advised to follow these preventive measures.
Planning of examinations Centre
- Only those examination centers which are outside the containment zone shall be allowed to function.
- Staff/examinees from containment zones shall not be permitted.
- Examination conducting authorities should plan out the examination preventive schedule to avoid overcrowding.
- Centers must ensure proper seating arrangement to maintain social distancing.
- Appropriate arrangements of face covers/masks, hand sanitizers, soap, sodium hypochlorite solution etc. shall be made available at examination center.
- Prior information should be given to the candidates on what to carry like Admit card, ID card, face mask, water bottle, hand sanitizer etc.
- Adequate number of registration rooms and manpower shall be deployed by the Institution to document verification while maintaining social distancing during the conduct of the examination.
- Invigilators and supervisory staff need to be briefed on the code of conduct in the context of COVID.
- Provisions must be made for display in the form of posters of about COVID-19 at outside and inside the examination center.
- The examination center should have a designated isolation room for isolating any person who is found symptomatic at the time of screening or during the examination.
Entry/exit to the examination center
- Entrances to have mandatory hand hygiene and thermal screening provisions.
- Only the concerned staff and candidates shall be allowed inside the examination hall.
- Candidate having virus symptoms should be given an opportunity to undertake the examination to nearest health center
- In regular course, a symptomatic candidate should be referred to the nearest health center and given an opportunity to undertake the examination through other means or the Universities/Educational Institution shall arrange for taking exam at a later date when the student is declared physically fit.
- All staff and students shall be allowed to enter only if using face cover/masks.
- Masks to be worn at all the time.
- Enough entry & exits gates for students and staff shall be ensured to avoid overcrowding.
- Maintaining physical distancing of a minimum of 6 feet.
- Specific markings shall be made with sufficient distance to ensure social distancing in the premises.
- Proper crowd management shall be done in parking areas or waiting rooms.
- Bags/books/mobiles should not be allowed in the examination center.
- Registration to be done in batches to maintain distancing.
- On completion of the exam, the candidates should be permitted to move out in an orderly manner.
Movement and seating arrangement in the examination center:
- Number of people in the elevators shall be restricted.
- Provision of wheelchairs should be ensured.
- Elevators/wheelchairs/computer-based system should be disinfected regularly before and after the exam.
- In case of PwD candidate, both scribe and candidate should wear the mask.
- Institutions may adopt contactless processes like OR code, online forms, digital signatures for the examination.
- Adequate arrangements for safe drinking water.
- Seating arrangement must ensure physical distancing.
- Use of saliva for counting or distributing sheets shall not be allowed.
- Sharing of stationery shall not be allowed.
SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) be followed in case of candidates having symptoms
- Place the ill person in a room or area where they are isolated from others.
- The person will remain isolated while wearing a mask/face cover until such time he/she is examined by a doctor.
- If symptoms deteriorate, inform the nearest medical facility.
- A risk assessment shall be undertaken by the designated public health authority.
- Disinfection of the premises to be taken up if the person is found positive.
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