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 August 03 – 10, 2020.

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Maharashtra to provide aid for students studying in foreign universities

09th August 2020 | The Financial Express

To help the students from the state—currently studying in foreign universities—the Maharashtra state government has decided to give educational fees along with subsistence allowance. This applies to students studying via online classes this year and those who have applied for education in the last academic year. The state government aims to provide some relief to all the students studying outside India at a time when education has been hampered on the back of the Coronavirus pandemic. The allowance will benefit students belonging to 2020–21 and 2019–20 batches, especially for the duration between February to September 2020. This implies students need not worry about the first semester. Apart from students abroad, those who have applied this year and are taking courses online from India only, the state government will also compensate them as they “will be given educational fees as permissible.” Students willing to return to India will also be provided with subsistence allowance till the time they come back to the country. 

Actor Sonu Sood helps hundred Indian students return to Chennai from Russia

07th August 2020 | The News Minute

Indian actor Sonu Sood hired a chartered flight to help hundred medical students trapped in Russia, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to return to Chennai on 5th July 2020. The SpiceJet flight that took off on August 4 from Moscow was initially planned to be a direct one to Chennai, but a stopover in Delhi was arranged, owing to requests. According to Sood, initially, he had used Air Asia flights and then SpiceJet. The students pay a nominal amount and he pays the balance, even if the number of students is lesser than the seating capacity of the plane. Sood said he makes it a point to speak to all the students on Zoom. As an anecdote, he recalled receiving about 300 calls from overseas stranded Indian students. 

YouTube Discussions

Education in North East India: Experiences & Challenges

8th August 2020 | O.P. Jindal Global University

North East India is a region with a lot of positive development happening in every area including the Education Sector but not much is known about this region in the outside world. In this discussion, some of the leading Educators and Entrepreneurs from North East India talk about how the region is shaping up and what are the aspirations of students & youth, experiences, and challenges of setting up and running educational institutes in North East India. Watch Video 

Exam Updates

High Court allows online open-book exams for final-year Delhi University students

7th August 2020 | The Print

The Delhi high court allowed Delhi University to conduct online open-book examinations (OBE) for final-year students as per schedule. The court passed a slew of directions to address concerns raised by students. The online OBE is slated to begin from August 10.

Delhi University final-year students who can’t complete online open book exams will appear for offline exams later

6th August 2020 | Hindustan Times

The Delhi high court said all final-year undergraduate students, who have registered for Delhi University’s (DU) open book examination (OBE) but cannot complete it, will have the option to physically appear for the exams later.

Banaras Hindu University to conduct the assignment-based exam for final semesters

6th August 2020 | Times Now

Banaras Hindu University has decided to conduct the final-year examination assignment based this year. The Executive Council has approved the proposal and the varsity will examine for both intermediate and final semesters of 2019-20 academic session assignment based. The assignment-based examination process would start with students getting assignments by the concerned teachers with a time frame of fifteen days to complete the work and submit it.

Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 postponed till further notice

5th August 2020 | The Quint

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 which was scheduled on August 22 has been postponed till further notice, the Consortium of National Law Universities said in a statement.

National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) class 12 results 2020 declared

5th August 2020 | First Post

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has declared the Class 12 board examination 2020 results. Students can check their scores on the official website nios.ac.in. The results have been announced on a special assessment scheme. For those subjects for which exams were not held, students will be graded based on average marks obtained by them in the best of three subjects. For students who could appear in the exams for only three subjects, the average score has been calculated based on the best of two.

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 registration process begins

5th August 2020 | Hindustan Times

Online registration process for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 has started from August 5. This year, the Indian Institutes of Management-Indore will conduct the CAT 2020. Candidates can register themselves on the official website at iimcat.ac.in on or before September 26. CAT 2020 will be conducted on November 29, 2020. 

Anna University to conduct online exams for final-year students by the end of August

4th August 2020 | ABP News

Anna University has decided to conduct the final-year exams using online mode. Students who will not be able to appear for the online exams will be given the option to appear for an offline version at a later time.

Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2020 exam not to be conducted at exam centres outside of India due to COVID-19 pandemic

4th August 2020 | First Post

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced, the examination for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), will not be conducted in any of the foreign exam centres this year. The decision of not holding the entrance exam in foreign centres has been taken due to the prevailing restrictions imposed on foreign travel and visa issuance, an official statement said.


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