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 30 – July 06, 2020.

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Vande Bharat Mission: Air India brings back 144 Indian students stranded in Ukraine

30th June 2020 | Edex Live

A special Air India flight carrying 144 Indian students, who were stranded in Ukraine due to the coronavirus-induced restrictions, landed at the Indore airport in Madhya Pradesh. The passengers were screened at the airport and their belongings were sanitized. Most of these students were from Madhya Pradesh, including 29 from Indore who have been sent to a quarantine centre in the city for seven days. Besides, some of the returnees also hailed from Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra and they have been sent to their native places. 

Covid-19: Should students defer their plans to study abroad? 

01st July 2020 | Quint

As of last year, there were nearly 800,000 Indian students enrolled in foreign universities, according to data released by the Ministry of External Affairs, India. The popular destinations include the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, and U.A.E. However, Covid-19 has interrupted ongoing academic sessions across the world, with students forced to vacate college campuses and take classes online. As an outcome of that, more than 50 colleges in the U.S. are facing a class-action suit. Students are demanding a refund of their tuition fees, on grounds that universities are offering a limited online experience presented by Zoom, devoid of face-to-face faculty and peer interaction, separated from programme resources, and barred from facilities vital to study. The pandemic has also derailed plans of those who were hoping to join in the fall semester. The reaction of universities too has been dispersed based on their geographies.

Indian students keen to get back to Chinese campuses

29th June 2020 | The Times of India

Clouds of uncertainty continue to hang over Indian students who returned from China due to COVID-19 in mid-February as they see no signs of going back to their campuses anytime soon due to virus and border dispute. While students are worried about the situation, they have no plans to pull out of the universities and are keen on getting back to the campus as soon as the university allows. There may be a dip in fresh enrolments from India as students will not opt for China because of the current situation but those already enrolled would want to complete their degrees.

YouTube Discussions

Education Connect: Creating Change Through Research and Innovation in COVID Times

5th July 2020 | CNBC TV18

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

Exam Updates

The Joint Entrance Examination (main & advanced), National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) exams postponed; to be conducted in September

4th July 2020 | The Times of India

The Joint Entrance Examination (main and advanced) and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (undergraduate) have been postponed to September 2020. The computer-based multi-session JEE (main) examinations will be held from September 1 to September 6, while the JEE (advanced) will be held on September 27, 2020. The pen-paper mode entrance for medical colleges, NEET-UG will be conducted on September 13, 2020.

National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) March/April 2020 examination postponed 

2nd July 2020 | The Times of India

The NIOS Class 10th and 12th theory examination which was to be conducted in March/April 2020 was scheduled to commence from July 17, 2020. The examination has been postponed till further orders due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country.

DU announces new dates for Open Book Exams 2020

2nd July 2020 | The Times of India 

The DU Open Book Exams were scheduled to begin from July 1, 2020. The exams were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As per the revised date sheet for all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the exam will now begin from July 10, 2020. 

Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 will be held on August 22

30th June 2020 | The Times of India

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 will now be conducted on August 22 from 3-5 pm. Registrations will remain open until July 10, 2020.


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