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 20 – July 27, 2020.

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COVID effect: Indian students pick courses with study abroad options, foreign applications drop

26th July 2020 | The Indian Express

While admissions for foreign universities are at a halt, Indian students are choosing courses that come with an option to study abroad in the later part or offer global internship prospects. On the other hand, foreign applications for Indian universities have declined drastically. For JK Lakshmipat University there has been an overall increase of 37% from Indian students. For the two-year master’s programme with the University of Massachusetts, there’s a 20% increase in the number of applications compared to the previous year. The increase in the number of applications can be attributed to the unique delivery model of spending the first year in India and the second year in the US. It serves as a great alternative for students who aspire to study abroad and do not wish to compromise on their dream due to COVID-19. For Amity too, the Global Program Study, which offers an option to switch over to a foreign partner university through credit transfers is seeing a spike.

UGC (University Grants Commission) panel to address concerns of ‘Foreign Return’ students

25th July 2020 | Deccan Herald

The Centre is exploring ways of allowing students, who had to leave their studies in foreign institutes due to the Covid-19 outbreak, to pursue the same in India. A Committee chaired by the UGC Chairman D.P. Singh will explore possibilities of Universities increasing their intake students and starting multi-disciplinary and innovative programmes, facilitating online lectures by eminent faculty from abroad and twinning or joint degree programmes. As many as 750,000 students had travelled abroad for higher studies during 2019 and several of them had returned to India due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Committee will present its report within 15 days. 

SpiceJet Joins hands with actor Sonu Sood to bring back 1,500 Indian students from Kyrgyzstan

23rd July 2020 | News 18

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced its initiative to evacuate 1,500 Indian students stranded in Kyrgyzstan. The airline added that it would be commencing nine such flights in the central Asian country, the first of which took off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport on July 23rd, 2020 in New Delhi to bring back 135 students to their hometown in Varanasi. SpiceJet will be operating multiple flights in the coming days to bring back Indian students stuck in Kyrgystan over two months. 

Post Covid-19 opportunities encourage Indian students to think carefully about the overseas study

 23rd July 2020 | India Today

At a time when economists expect global recession or worse, many universities and colleges are resolving questions of employability, placements, and internships in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. There has been a significant rise in the demand for tailored courses following the changing social and economic dynamics of the post-pandemic age. With remote working becoming the new normal, there will be a great demand for skilled IT students who can serve as security architects and ethical hackers. The Public Cloud which has emerged as the backbone of all IT infrastructures is also foreseeing a rise amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

YouTube Discussions

Career Counselling in Times of Covid-19 Sharing Best Practices & Experiences

25th July 2020 | O.P. Jindal Global University

The discussion is centred upon: How is the field of career counselling transforming in the times of COVID-19? How are top career & University guidance counsellors adapting to the new normal? How are students & parents responding to this crisis and how is it affecting their decision making? Watch Video 

Exam Updates

How can universities grant degrees without exams?’ The University Grants Commission (UGC) sticks to guns on final-year papers

25th July 2020 | The Print

The UGC is firm on its decision that educational institutions hold final-year exams despite students’ and parents’ concerns about the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic. On 6 July, the UGC had issued revised guidelines for higher education institutions, directing mandatory final-year exams across all universities. The directive has led to much opposition among students, and it was also challenged in the Supreme Court. 

NTA reopens window to update application form for students appearing in both JEE Main and UPSC NDA exams

25th July 2020 | Hindustan Times

National Testing Agency (NTA) has reopened the application correction window for the candidates who have to appear for both JEE Main and UPSC NDA exams. Such candidates have to update their JEE application form to inform NTA if they are also registered for UPSC NDA and NA exam scheduled on September 6 to avoid any clash of the exam date. The last date to update the application form has now been extended to July 31. 

Maharashtra University Exams 2020: UGC Says State Govt Has No Power To Cancel Exams

25th July 2020 | Republic World

Opposing Maharashtra government’s decision of cancelling all final year examinations across all varsities in the state, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has told the Bombay High Court that the state government does not have the power to make such a declaration. The Commission told the court that according to the rules of the final year examinations, the power to cancel all final year exams lies with the regulator. 

IGNOU students will have to appear for exams, says varsity notification

23rd July 2020 | Times of India

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has ruled out the cancellation of exams for any of its students. On Wednesday, it issued a notification regarding the exam schedule. As per the UGC guidelines, final year/semester students will appear for the written exam in September while the others will appear in December. The last date of filling the Term End Exam (TEE) form for September 2020 is July 31. IGNOU notification also clarified that those unable to appear for the September TEE due to the ongoing pandemic will be given another chance in December TEE. 

National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2020 Exam Postponed

23rd July 2020 | Jagran Josh

National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai have decided to postpone the NEST 2020 entrance exam. As per the revised dates, the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) 2020 will be held on 29th September 2020. 

Tamil Nadu govt cancels college exams for all but final year students

23rd July 2020 | The New Indian Express

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami cancelled the April-May 2020 semester examinations, except for students in their final year of education. Details about the revised schedule of the final semester exams are awaited. It is expected that colleges will be asked to use internal assessments to evaluate students in place of the cancelled semester exams and that final year students will have to write the exams online. Anna University has been mulling conducting the exams online. A senior official from the varsity said that a decision will be taken after considering the feasibility. The official further added that the varsity is waiting for the state government’s decision on the matter.

Can final year exams be based on assignments and presentations, Delhi HC asks UGC

22nd July 2020 | Scroll

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the University Grants Commission to clarify if final year examinations can be conducted based on multiple-choice questions, assignments and presentations. The court was hearing a petition filed against the Delhi University’s decision to hold open book exams for final year undergraduate students during the coronavirus outbreak. The counsel for the petitioner submitted that open book exams will be troublesome for the students, adding that many colleges have opted for multiple-choice questions and other formats. 

DUET 2020 Date:NTA to conduct Delhi University Entrance Test likely from Sept 6-11

22nd July 2020 | Hindustan Times

The National Testing Agency (NTA) is likely to conduct Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET) for aspirants seeking admission to UG, PG, M.Phil and PhD programmes of the University of Delhi from September 6 to September 11, 2020.

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