Hyderabad: The National Testing Agency (NTA) is trying to ensure that all candidates who have registered for various examinations like JEE, NEET, NET, and CMAT, and their family members light a lamp for nine minutes on 5 April as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Sunday morning, the testing agency sent a mail to all candidates asking them to light a candle, diya, or torch for nine minutes at 9 p.m. “As advised by the Prime Minister on 3 April, students may light a candle, diya or torch of their mobile for nine minutes at 9 p.m on 5 April to realise the power of light and to highlight the objective for which we all are fighting together. However, no one should assemble in colonies or roads or anywhere outside their houses,” the NTA said in the mail.

NTA is an autonomous body established in November 2017 to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions in the country. The agency is holding the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main), the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test undergraduate (NEET-UG),  National Eligibility Test (NET), Common Management Admission Test (CMAT), and Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT). Lakhs of candidates who have registered under the agency for various examinations since its inception in 2017 received the mail.

The NTA also advised students, teachers, and their family members to download the Arogya Setu App which has been “developed to fight against COVID -19”. It also mentioned the protocol for immunity-boosting measures and self-care developed by the Ministry of AYUSH. The same protocol is also available on the NTA website nta.ac.in, it said.

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