Major updates from the education sector regarding Covid-19 in India

The number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed 1,00,000. The national lockdown has been extended and state governments have been issuing Lockdown 4.0 guidelines asking people to adhere to these. There has been a lot of commotion in the education sector not only in India, but across the world.

Few updates announced since first week May in India:

Maharashtra announces exams for Final year students, all other students to be promoted

Maharashtra’s minister for higher and technical education, Uday Samant has clarified that all final year students will be appearing for exams between July 1 and 30 whereas all other year students will be promoted to the next academic year. This decision comes less than a week after a University Grants Commission (UGC) appointed committee released a report suggesting a similar moves to universities across the country. The state government will hold a meeting between June 20 and 25 to confirm their next decision on the status of final year examinations. Respective universities are required to ensure a timetable for all final year students and ensure results for all exams are announced by August 15 so that the next academic year can begin by first week of September.

For promoting first and second year students, the state government has decided to adopt UGC recommendation and promote students based on a 50-50% gradation formula–50% will be based a student’s performance in internals and other projects in the current semester and 50% will be based on the student’s performance in the previous semester. Students who have Allowed-To-Keep-Term (ATKT) remarks for any subject from previous semester will be promoted for the time being, but will have 120 days once the new academic year starts to appear for an exam and clear the subject. The state is considering reducing exam time from 3 hours to 2 hours, or take a 50 mark theory exam and also to conduct practical exams, including viva online.


Maharashtra common entrance test (CET)- Last date to submit HSC Board details is May 23

Entrance examination dates for professional courses to be conducted by state common entrance test (CET) cell are being discussed. The Maharashtra CET cell has released a notification that last date to submit HSC Board details is May 23. In the notification, the cell is asking the candidates who have applied for MHT CET 2020 to fill information regarding HSC Board examinations in their application forms, pay the application fee, and submit their application. The MHT CET cell has activated the online portal for the application fee payment again, and no extension will be given beyond this deadline.


Tamil Nadu Class 10 board exams to begin from June 15

Tamil Nadu SSLC (Class 10) board exams will be held from June 15 to June 25, 2020. The government has increased the number of exam centres to 12,000 from 3,800 in order to make it safe for the students with only 10 students allowed to sit in one classroom. For the class 12 students who could not appear for the board exam paper on March 24, there will be an exam on June 4.


JNU to remain closed till May 31, students asked not to return to hostel

Jawaharlal Nehru University will remain closed till May 31. The university has also asked students not to return to the hostels until further notice, for the safety of their staff and general public. The dates regarding the opening of hostels will be announced later.


JEE Main 2020 to be held from July 18 to July 23, 2020

Candidates who wish to apply for JEE Main 2020 can visit the official website and can fill the application form. The JEE Main 2020 application window has reopened and the National Testing Agency (NTA) will accept the application forms till May 24, 2020. The examination will be held from July 18, 2020, to July 23, 2020.


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