Delayed Admission Process And Start Of New Academic Year Post Corona Virus

Delayed Admission Process And Start Of New Academic Year Post Corona Virus

Delayed Admission Process And Start Of New Academic Year Post Corona Virus

PUBLISH DATE 23rd March 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has spread all over the world, leading all the businesses, schools and colleges and other institutions to shut them down to overcome it. Universities, Schools and Colleges have been closed since March 16th when the Government announced a countrywide classroom teaching shutdown to contain the widespread of the virus. The education sector has certainly taken a hit in terms of academic loss and examinations not being conducted. While some colleges have opted for online exams, some haven’t due to technical and other reasons, while some of them have canceled them. Though thanks to the technology that online classes are being conducted and students can get their problems solved with their teachers. But the problem that will mainly persist is the admission process and the start of the new academic year getting prolonged due to the coronavirus. 
The CBSE Board has announced that they will promote the students from class 1-8 according to the NCERT Advisory. For classes 9-11, the examinations have been completed with evaluation pending, which has resulted in the problem of promoting students for classes 10 & 12 respectively. So the HRD Ministry has directed the schools to promote the students based on the internal assessment which consists of project work, assignments, term-end exams which have been conducted thus far. For the classes of 10 & 12, The Board was not able to finish the examination on 8 days on which it was supposed to conduct. The Board has decided that they will hold examination only for those subjects which are crucial for admissions in higher educational institutes and for the subjects which there won't be any exam, the internal assessment instructions will be provided. A senior official from the HRD ministry stated that they will hold the examination for 29 such crucial subjects at the first possibility, but the students will be notified 10 days in advance before the examination.
Looking at the competitive exams which form bases for admission in medical and engineering examinations JEE and NEET, they have also been put on hold and they haven’t taken any call on conducting them in June. The admit cards for the exams have been delayed to leading towards more uncertainty of the exam to be held. These two examinations form a crucial part along with the academic marks for the students to be eligible for Engineering and Medical College admissions. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT’s) and Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT’s), have announced that they will not raise the tuition fee for the 2020-21 academic year.
The exams for B-schools have been conducted but the admission process problem arises here too, thereby delaying the start of the academic year 2020-2021. The IIM’s for which the admissions are almost completed by June are contemplating on deferring the start of the academic year by at least 2 weeks. These problems will certainly hamper the classes, exams, and even summer internships thereby pointing towards altering the academic calendar and imparting new modes for teaching. But the biggest problem for admissions which have been completed in IIMs is that most of the undergraduate students haven’t yet completed their last semester exams which add to the delay. Even the private B-schools have postponed their GDPI rounds due to pandemic. Though many schools like SP Jain School of Global Management Mumbai, IIM Ahmedabad, and MITWPU, Pune are conducting their GDPI’s via online platforms.
Even the under-graduate and post-graduate exams are unlikely to be held before May 31 given the coronavirus lockdown, says state minister Uday Samant. A panel, appointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) has recommended that they begin the academic year in September instead of July. The panel has urged with their two suggestions which are: starting the academic year from September instead of July and the second being to conduct online exams if the college or school has the necessary infrastructure or wait for the lockdown to end and hold pen-and-paper exams. These are the guidelines issued as of now by the HRD Ministry of India. Also entrance exams like IELTS, GRE, TOEFL, GMAT all of which are necessary for admissions overseas for medical, technological, and business school admissions have their statuses as either they stand canceled or postponed due to the pandemic.

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