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 13 – July 20, 2020.

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After weeks of waiting, 227 Indian students flown down from Russia

15th July 2020 | Times Now

Over 200 medical students who were stranded in Russia were evacuated in a chartered flight and reached Bengaluru. Due to the pandemic, the stranded students struggled with living costs in Russia. It was the efforts of about 130 students that were monumental in bringing the students back to Bengaluru. Most of the students have gone into quarantine at hotels or lodges for 14 days. If the students don’t display any symptoms of COVID-19, they will be returning home to their families after the quarantine. 

Despite coronavirus, record international study permits by Canada

14th July 2020 | Tribune India

As the US puts in place stringent conditions for foreign students, Canada is issuing a record number of studies permits for international students despite the coronavirus restrictions. As many as 30,785 new study permits were issued in May, which is more than twice the average of study permits issued in the previous three months—February, March, and April. This year’s May figure is almost 11% higher than the number of international study permits issued during the same period last year. At the end of 2019, there were 219,855 Indian students out of the total 642,480 international students in Canada.

The flight carrying 101 Indian students stranded in Ukraine arrives

14th June 2020 | News 360

A special Air India flight carrying 101 Indian medical students, who were stranded in Ukraine due to the coronavirus-induced curbs, landed at the Indore airport in Madhya Pradesh. They were screened at the airport and their belongings were sanitized. During the screening at the airport, none of the passengers were found having coronavirus symptoms. The passengers included medical students from Madhya Pradesh, as well as from Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bihar, Assam and Tamil Nadu who were studying in different institutes in Ukraine. The passengers included 20 students from Indore who have been sent to a quarantine facility set up in a city hotel for seven days, while the other passengers have also been sent to their native places.

YouTube Discussions

Internationalization of Higher Education in India Post COVID-19

18th July 2020 | O.P. Jindal Global University

The discussion is centred upon – How should Universities in India seem to internationalize now that Globalization has been slowed down due to COVID-19? How are leading Universities in India adapting to the new normal and making sure that they keep the momentum of Internationalization going? How can some of the leading organizations help Universities in India to achieve their Internationalization targets even in these uncertain times? Watch Video

Exam Updates

CBSE Class 10 results 2020 declared

15th July 2020 | The Times of India

The Central Board of Secondary Education class X results were declared on July 15, with a pass percentage of 91.46%. Last year the pass percentage was 91.1%. Unlike the class XII results, in the class X the number of students scoring 90% and above and 95% and above have seen a drop. For the class X too, the board has not released the merit list.

NATA 2020: Architecture entrance postponed, exam to be conducted online

19th July 2020 | India Today

National Aptitude Test of Architecture (NATA) test 1 stands postponed to August 29 on account of the prevailing COVID threat and in the interests of the students. The dates for NATA test 2 will be announced at a later date. The council has further announced that all candidates will soon be provided an option in their login accounts to choose whether they wish to appear from their homes online or from an exam centre. 

AIIMS medical experts outline standard operating procedure (SOP) for exam day

15th July 2020 | Economic Times

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has sought the assistance of the experts from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) with devising a standard operating procedure (SOP) for The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET 2020). One of these is doubling the number of exam centres from 2,600 to 4,500 to enable social distancing.

New dates set by Delhi HC, UG exams to start from August 10

14th July 2020 | India Today

After several weeks of uncertainty, the final schedule for the Delhi University Open Book Exams 2020 has been announced by the Delhi High Court. The OBE exams are set to commence from August 10 and the mock tests will begin from July 27, 2020. The OBE semester exams are scheduled to start from August 10 and will end on August 31. Delhi University is conducting OBE in online mode this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the health risk it poses.

Mumbai University Examination row continues as State is firm on cancellation

14th July 2020 | Indian Express

The state disaster management authority, led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, on Monday last week reiterated its stand of not conducting final-year university exams citing increasing Covid-19 cases. “The number of cases are increasing day by day. So, it is not possible to conduct final-year university exams as per University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines,” said Uday Samant, Minister for Higher and Technical Education.

Delhi government cancelled upcoming semester, final exams of universities under it due to COVID-19

11th July 2020 | Economic Times

The Delhi government has cancelled all forthcoming semester and final exams of its state’s universities due to the COVID-19 situation. The decision doesn’t concern the Delhi University (DU), the JNU and other central universities in Delhi NCT. The state universities under Delhi government include National Law University, Delhi Technological University, Ambedkar University, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Netaji Subhas University of Technology and Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women.

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