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 the COVID-19 pandemic.

This edition of the COVID-19 Impact on Indian students covers news articles from 27 – August 03, 2020.

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Once a COVID hub, Italy now calling for Indian students, lures with stipends

02nd August 2020 | The Times of India

Till recently, Italy was the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe. Now, it is seeing a surge of a different kind, students from India. Students mulling studying abroad have set their eyes on this unlikely destination because of a variety of reasons ranging from curbs in the US to no tuition fee to enticing stipends. Tuition fees in Italy are practically non-existent. Even universities that charge — usually a fee of under €2,500 (INR 2.2lakh) annually — offer scholarships for meritorious students and those from countries like India. With tuition fees taken care of, universities are now trying to woo international students back to the country with even higher stipends following the Covid-19 outbreak. Experts say an added advantage of heading to a country like Italy is no requirement of language-based proficiency tests such as IELTS, mandatory in other countries. 

Not keen on online classes, Punjab state students postpone their admissions to foreign universities

30th July 2020 | The Indian Express

With Indian students making an immense contribution in tuition fees to foreign universities they pick, these institutions too are preparing for student intake alongside the COVID crisis with several concessions. Although, Indian students are not keen on taking online classes. Even those who had got admission in various courses in Canadian universities and colleges also had paid a one-year fee and GIC charges making them eligible for online classes, but they are now asking to get their courses extended for September intake. If the conditions do not improve, then they may defer the same for January intake. Consultants are also taking up the issue of refund of fees with the Canadian institutes. To attract Indian students during the crisis, UK recently adopted several measures that included granting students two years of Post-Study Work Visa after graduation, even if they are not able to travel to the country to physically attend the classes, and offering English language foundation course and a host of scholarships. Meanwhile, Canada too recently announced Visa Approval in Principle (AIP) that allows students to apply for online classes in courses of their choice. But overall student response has been lukewarm in Punjab state. 

145 Indian students stranded in Kyrgyzstan return home in AI special flight

20th July 2020 | The Deccan Chronicle

A special aircraft carrying 145 Indian students stranded in Kyrgyzstan due to the coronavirus induced lockdown landed at the airport in Madhya Pradesh on July 29, 2020. The Indian students, studying in different medical colleges in the central Asian country, were brought back by the special flight. These include students from neighbouring state Chhattisgarh and other states besides Madhya Pradesh. All students will have to stay in quarantine centres for the next seven days in their hometowns as per central government guidelines. 

YouTube Discussions

Education as an equaliser: Creating opportunities for high achieving, low-income students

1st August 2020 | O.P. Jindal Global University

Not all individuals, groups, or ethnic groups are given equal access to education. Access to quality education is a big problem for students globally. In this discussion some of the leading educators and change-makers from around the world of international higher education talk about how they are creating opportunities for high achieving, low-income students. The everyday challenges that they face and how can others support them in their noble work. Watch Video 

Exam Updates

Anna University asks colleges to remit exam fees

3rd August 2020 | The Hindu

Anna University has asked the principals of its affiliated colleges to remit the exam fee for the semester collected from students by August 7. Since there was no clarity on whether the semester exams would be held. It was only a week ago that the State government decided against holding semester exams for all students except those in the final year of a programme. 

DU Results 2020: Results announced for undergraduate (UG) second, fourth semester

3rd August 2020 | India Today

Delhi University announced the result for second and fourth-semester students enrolled in UG programmes on their official website yesterday. This year, the students were graded according to the choice-based credit system (CBCS) as the end-term exams were not conducted due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The evaluation plan for intermediate semester students was released by the university in June.  

Panjab University not to hold exams

30th July 2020 | Times of India

Panjab University has decided not to hold any exam for intermediate classes. According to the module finalised by a special university committee, the result of all classes, including undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG), will be prepared to take together 50% of marks obtained in internal assessment and 50% marks obtained in all previous semester exams. This formula would also apply to pre-PhD. 

Only 8% of students could complete Delhi University open-book online mock tests: Delhi High Court expresses dissatisfaction

30th July 2020 | Live Law

After noting that only 8% of the total students who have registered for online exams could complete the first mock test, Delhi High Court directed the Delhi University to submit the complete data from both the phases of the mock tests to satisfy the court of its preparedness. The court has asked the university administration to come with a complete plan including the status of Common Service Centres (CSCs) and scribes for visually impaired students. 

UGC won’t alter decision on final-year exams, tells Supreme Court the move will protect academic future

30th July 2020 | The Print

The University Grants Commission (UGC) refused to alter its July 6 notification mandating universities to conduct final-year exams by September end, saying the decision has been taken to “protect the academic future of students”. According to the commission, the decision of some states, including Maharashtra and Delhi, to “either cancel” undergraduate or post-graduate exams or confer degrees to students without appearing for the final year/terminal examinations is “contrary” to its guidelines. “All universities or institutions are obligated to conduct a terminal semester or final year exam by the end of September 2020,” UGC told the top court. 

Supreme Court (SC) adjourns hearing on University Grants Commission (UGC) final year exam till August 10

31st July 2020 | Times of India

The SC adjourned the hearing to the plea against the UGC decision on conducting the final year university examinations till August 10.

AILET 2020: NLU Delhi postpones All India Law Entrance Test

29th July 2020 | India TV

The National Law University, Delhi (NLUD) has announced the postponement of the AILET 2020 entrance exam. The All India Law Entrance Test or AILET, which was scheduled to take place on August 18, has been shifted given the ‘multiple requests received from the candidates’, NLU Delhi’s announcement states. The new date of the entrance test will be notified shortly. At least 10 days’ prior notice will be given for the new date of the conduct of AILET 2020. Further, the last date for submission of online application forms has also been extended up-to August 10.

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