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 July 07 – July 13, 2020.
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480 international students from Maharashtra take charter flight out of Russia to Mumbai

13th July 2020 | Mumbai Mirror

After three months of uncertainty, 480 students from Maharashtra are set to return to Mumbai from Russia on a private charter Royal Flight Boeing 777 on Monday morning. The students decided to pool in money after not getting a response from Vande Bharat Mission. 

Indian medical students who studied in China protest over changes in the licensing exam

9th July 2020 | The News Minute

According to a medical bulletin put out by the National Board of Examinations (NBE), it mentions that those who wish to appear for the Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE) need to have their Primary Medical Qualification Degree certificate duly attested by the Embassy of India in the country from where the qualification has been obtained. It also goes on to mention that a Provisional Pass Certificates shall not be considered in lieu of Degree Certificates. This has worried thousands of students presently pursuing their medical course abroad. The FMGE is a licensure examination and is a mandatory requirement for an Indian citizen who has a medical degree from a foreign institute, to practice medicine in India. This examination works as a screening test for the Medical Council of India (MCI) and is held twice in a year. 

‘Uncertainties And difficulties For Indian students’, Indian Embassy in US takes up visa issue with authorities

9th July 2020 | India.com

Indian students in the USA are struggling with the new visa rules of the Trump Administration over the new guidelines that prevent foreign students from staying in the United States if their courses go entirely online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indian Embassy in the US has said it has taken up the issue with the US officials concerned. The Embassy said the new modifications are likely to cause difficulties for some Indian students wishing to pursue their studies in the country.

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) sued the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of the Trump Administration over the new guidelines.

Partial relief for Indian students in US as Homeland Security department announces visa relaxations

8th July 2020 | Times Now

Dept of Homeland Security has announced its plan for temporary modifications to F-1 & M-1 non-immigrant visa requirements for fall 2020 semester. This will allow a mixture of both in-person & some online coursework to meet requirements for non-immigrant student status. This temporary accommodation provides greater flexibility for non-immigrant students to continue their education in the United States, while also allowing for proper social distancing on open and operating campuses across America.

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: Preparing Students for the Future of Work

7th July 2020 | CNBC TV18

Watch the educators and students from The University of Sydney Business School, as they share their valuable views on International education in the COVID era, employability challenges faced by students and how universities can play a role is easing their challenges. The University of Sydney Business School 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.

Exam Updates

Delhi govt cancels all state university exams amid Covid-19 crisis

12th July 2020 | Hindustan Times

Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia announced all examinations, including final exams, to be conducted in universities under the city-state’s government stand canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The minister added that degrees will be awarded to students on the basis of evaluation parameters decided by the universities.

New exam guidelines issued by HRD, Home Ministry

11th July 2020 | India Today

The HRD Ministry and Home Ministry has issued new guidelines regarding the conduct of terminal semesters and final year exams by Universities and educational institutions. UGC’s revised guidelines directed the higher education institutions that final year examinations would be conducted in the month of September 202 in online, offline, or blended (online + offline) modes.

National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) Board Exam 2020 For Classes 10 And 12 Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

10th July 2020 | India.com

National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) public exams scheduled to be held in July 2020 now stand canceled. The results will be declared based on the assessment scheme finalized by the competent committee of NIOS.

ICSE class 10, ISC class 12 results announced

10th July 2020 | Mint

The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has declared the ICSE and ISC results for Class 10 and Class 12. Pass percentage of class 10th is 99.33% and that of class 12th is 96.84%. Board secretary, Gerry Arathoon said that CICSE board will not publish merit list for class 10, 12 exams this year in view of exceptional circumstances.

CBSE 12th results 2020 declared, no merit list due to Covid-19

13th Jul 2020 | Times of India

The wait of over 1.2 million students is finally over as CBSE announced the class 12 results on Board’s official portal today i.e., July 13, 2020. The CBSE Board has announced that no merit list will be released this year due to Covid-19. Results of 400 students will be announced later as they could not be computed as per decided assessment scheme. This year a total of 1,203,595 students had registered for the CBSE 12th exam, out of which 1,192,961 appeared. A total of 1,059,080 students passed the CBSE exam. The overall pass percentage of CBSE 12th is 88.78%.


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