Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal spoke to The Indian Express on the impact of lockdown extensions on the academic calendar, and the loss of studies. He said that the new academic session is likely to be delayed. The final semester examination will be held after universities and colleges reopen. After this the admission process for the new batch will start, which is likely to take about a month. The first year students will be admitted to both UG and PG programs only after the commencement of the new academic session. However, for older batches, it may start early after completion of the terminal semester examination. A committee has been formed to look into the issues related to the examinations and academic calendar, which will submit its report soon. But the safety of students and teachers is our priority.
HRD minister said that there is a possibility JEE-MAIN Will be held in June. The Ministry of Human Resource Development is talking to the boards of JEE and NEET examinations agencies, IITs and other agencies before announcing the next dates. To assess the possibility of conducting online examination for higher education, the HRD Ministry has constituted a task force under the UGC. We will issue guidelines based on the report. The CBSE board will assess the loss of instructional time for a proportional reduction in the course load for the exam 2021… The board's curriculum committees have started work on reducing the syllabus under different scenarios.
The HRD minister said that with the states, we are trying our best to reach out to the most vulnerable and marginalized students. The Ministry of Human Resource Development is running the content on the Prabha channel itself. We are also trying to explore the option of All India Radio. More strategies are being developed, and these will be implemented soon.
The government is working on limiting the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the economy and this effect does not last long. Therefore, I humbly request all the recruiters and organizations to decide their strategy accordingly and do not withdraw any job offers. The students recruited are among the best talent in the country.
I have also held a meeting with the directors of all IITs, directing them to ensure that campus placements are not affected due to the current situation. The Placement Committee (AIPC) of all IITs has also reached out to various recruits, requesting them not to cancel the placement proposals made for the academic session 2019-20. In addition, a task force has been formed in the Ministry of Human Resource Development to look into placement and internship issues.