Published weekly, the COVID-19 Impact on Indian students highlights news drawn from various sources focusing on Indian students who are studying abroad and the ones who aspire to study abroad during the times of COVID-19 pandemic.

This edition of the COVID-19 Impact on Indian students covers news articles from June 23 – 29, 2020.

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Three months of wait over, students from Singapore finally return home

27th June 2020 | Times of India

After months of anxiety, the first repatriation flight from Singapore reached Kolkata, carrying onboard students who had been stranded in the city-state under lockdown for over three months. Most of their friends and classmates from other parts of India had returned in Vande Bharat flights over a month ago with Air India operating the first flight from Singapore to Delhi on May 8. Read More 

Stranded in the US, students with Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards desperate to head home

26th June 2020 | Deccan Herald

As the United States Department of Transportation (USDT) has just made hundreds of US-based Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card-holding students extremely anxious. Its decision to scrutinize all Vande Bharat repatriation flights and allow only those on a case-by-case basis has left them edgy, desperate. Students lucky to catch the available flights and reach Bengaluru over the past few weeks are relieved. But they are also deeply worried about their friends and classmates, stuck back in the United States. Now under institutional quarantine, they are getting frantic calls for help in flights, documents, and more. It took a massive push by the parents’ group to get the Centre to relax its rules and accommodate OCI card-holders in the Vande Bharat flights.  

Despite lockdown disruption, Indian students’ firm on going for UK university courses

25th June 2020 | CNBC

Indian students remain on course to take up their courses at UK universities from later this year, according to figures released in London which found a 32.9% rise in applications from India in 2020 over the previous year. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) analysis found that amid an overall spike in university applications for the year, most applicants were holding a firm offer to start a course from the autumn semester which begins towards the end of September despite the uncertainty around the coronavirus lockdown. The UCAS, the coordinator of a centralized application process for British universities, found a 32.9% rise in applications from India this year over 2019, to hit a record 6,230.

215 Indians, mostly the medical students return home from Pakistan

25th June 2020 | Tribune India

The second batch of over 215 Indian nationals, who were stranded in Pakistan due to Covid-19 lockdown, returned through the Attari-Wagah border. While the J&K (Jammu and Kashmir) residents were ferried back to their destination through special buses arranged by the J&K Transport Corporation from Attari, whereas 60 were quarantined in a hotel and 31 in a government quarantine centre. They were part of the 748 Indian nationals hailing from various states, who were being repatriated in three phases. 204 J&K residents, mostly the medical students, had arrived through the same channel in the first batch.

COVID-19 shatters Indian students’ dreams of studying abroad

 23rd June 2020 | Deccan Chronicle

June and July are busy months for overseas education consultants as every year hundreds of students approach them to pursue their dream to study abroad. India and China are the two countries that send the highest number of students overseas. But the picture is not the same this year and thousands of students studying in the foreign university are worried about the uncertainty over completing the course. Both the enrolled students and those who want to join foreign campuses are equally worried over the escalating graph of coronavirus transmission, restrictions on international flight service, and decreasing job opportunities. Several foreign universities sent students back home, while classes have now been switched to online. Though colleges have resumed virtual sessions, many students and parents are not satisfied with digital classes. No university or college in Western countries has denied permission for students to come back once the restrictions are lifted.

YouTube Discussions

Education Connect

23rd June 2020 | CNBC TV18

Watch the industry experts discuss some of the most important aspects of international education during COVID times. IDP India in association with CNBC-TV18 and News18 presents Education Connect, an informative session, to get an update on the most recent developments & the future in international education. Watch Video 

Exam Updates

Punjab CM postpones university, college exit exams till July 15

28th June 2020 | Tribune India

Responding to the concerns expressed by students and parents on the conduct of examinations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced the postponement of exams for the final semester students in all universities of the state till July 15, 2020.

CA Exams 2020: ICAI files affidavit in Supreme Court over PIL (Public Interest Litigation) asking for a stay on ‘opt-out’ scheme

28th June 2020 | Republic World

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court in response to the PIL asking for a stay order on the body’s ‘Opt-Out’ scheme, which it had proposed for the CA Exams 2020 slated to be held in July. The PIL also sought more exam centres and better precautions amid the pandemic for the CA students who choose to appear in the May cycle exam between July 29th and August 16th

Maharashtra cancels final exams for professional, non-professional courses

26th June 2020 | Financial Express

The Maharashtra government has decided not to conduct final year or semester exams of professional and non-professional courses due to the present Covid-19 situation. The degrees to students will be awarded based on the formula decided by universities.

Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) July 2020 exam is postponed

25th June 2020 | Republic World

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has postponed the CTET 2020 exam. The Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) was scheduled to be held on July 5, 2020. The new examination dates of CTET 2020 have not yet declared by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The dates will be announced after the Coronavirus pandemic situation in India becomes more conducive for the examination to be held.

Haryana govt cancels intermediate and final semester exams

24th June 2020 | India Today

Haryana Government has decided to cancel the intermediate and final semester exams in the universities, technical educational institutes, and colleges of the state. The decision of cancellation of examinations has been taken place due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the country.

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