New Delhi: Amid to the spread of second wave of novel coronavirus, the Union Ministry of Education on Monday urged to postpone all offline examinations scheduled in the month of May this year.
This decision will be applicable to all central higher educational institutions around the country. Apart from this, such higher educational institutions will also have to defer offline examinations, which receive financial assistance from the central government.
In a letter addressed to all heads of centrally funded institutions, Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare has requested these institutes to postpone all offline exams to be held in the month of May. Although online examinations may continue.
Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare in his letter stated that the decision on exams will be reviewed again in the first week of June. Khare in his letter wrote, “The institutions have been further advised to ensure that if anyone in the institution needs any assistance it should be provided immediate possible help so that he/she comes out of the distress at the earliest. All Institutions have to encourage eligible persons to go for vaccination and ensure that everyone follows Covid-19 appropriate behaviour to remain safe.”
Students around the country have also been floating demands to cancel Class 12 Board examinations of CBSE, CISCE, NIOS, and other state boards amid the COVID-19 rise. Institutions have further been advised to ensure that if anyone in an institution is in need of help, it should be provided at the earliest so that it comes out of outbreak soon.
All educational institutions must inspire eligible individuals to be vaccinated and ensure that COVID rules are followed properly.
POSTPONE NEET-PG EXAM
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also agreed to postpone NEET-PG exam 2021 for at least four months in an aim to make more qualified doctors available for ongoing pandemic duty and promoting medical interns into service.
The PM declared a slew of measures and directed all states to align final year MBBS students in COVID duties like teleconsultation and monitoring of mild COVID cases after due placement under the faculty’s supervision.
The Union government has already postponed the Class 12 Board exams and scrapped the Class 10 examination conducted by the CBSE. This decision came after students, parents, and political leaders requested the government not to force students to appear for exams that could expose them to the infection.
According to officials, the UGC will also come up with detailed guidelines about the conduct of exams and the new academic calendar given that the second wave has disturbed teaching and academic life again.