Special Air India flight from Kyrgyzstan carrying 148 Indian students lands in Indore 

22 June 2020 | Business World

Action: Special AI flight from Kyrgyzstan carrying 148 Indian students lands in Indore.

Under the third phase of ‘Vande Bharat’ Mission’, a special Air India flight with 148 Indian students onboard from Kyrgyzstan, landed at Indore Airport. District Health Department screened the passengers upon their arrival here. The current repatriation exercise of bringing home Indian nationals stranded in foreign countries amid the pandemic outbreak is taking place under the Government of India’s flagship ‘Vande Bharat’ mission. As many as 2,50,087 Indian nationals stranded abroad have been repatriated since the beginning of the repatriation mission last month. The Indian government has also approved additional flight services to bring back Indian nationals who are still stranded abroad.

“Being Stranded Abroad is a Nightmare,” say Indian Students in the US

21 June 2020 | The Citizen

Action: As their bank accounts dwindle, some students say they have had to turn to strangers for help. Others are couch surfing in the family homes of their friends or living in open garages.

When universities and firms abruptly shut down in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, students, who could afford to take the last-minute flight, returned to their parents’ homes. However, many, who had been living in college dorms, were left to try to find new housing, far from home in a country under lockdown. Students, who do not have jobs and have not been able to return home, are struggling to pay rent and buy food supplies. Many students reportedly scheduled their flights to their hometowns in March, but the plan backfired when India closed its international borders in the wake of the pandemic. A large number of Indian students are also witnessing their financial stability falling apart. While some come from families privileged enough to pay for their housing, many others had already been struggling to cobble together their rent and food.

High fees, online classes, no jobs: Covid-19 derails plans of Indian students headed to the US

20 June 2020 | The Scroll

Action: For now, many students face the prospect of doing their courses online—at the same price.

As many as 202,014 Indian students went to the United States for higher education in 2019, a record high. For them, as well as the thousands more hoping to go this year—the Covid-19 crisis and the restrictions on educational institutions that followed have thrown up the double-whammy of steep, unaltered tuition fees, without a real-life campus experience. It’s especially hard for students from Asia, because of the uncertainty over rules. There are also the fear about visa restrictions by the US administrations. Aside from the big-picture questions about careers and paying back loans, many students are also simply grappling with the challenge of being far from home at a time of a global crisis.

Indian students’ UK post-study work visa rights safe amid COVID-19 crisis

18 June 2020 | Economic Times

Action: The UK Home Office said the Graduate Visa route, commonly referred to as a post-study work visa and designed for overseas students to be able to work or look for work for two years after completing their course, will apply to the 2020-21 intake as long as they are physically present in the UK by April 2021 to complete the final semester.

The UK government has issued updated guidance to confirm that international students, including Indians, will remain eligible for post-study work rights at the end of their degree course even if they have to begin the 2020-21 academic year online from abroad given the coronavirus lockdown. The UK Home Office said the Graduate Visa route, commonly referred to as a post-study work visa and designed for overseas students to be able to work or look for work for two years after completing their course, will apply to the 2020-21 intake as long as they are physically present in the UK by April 2021 to complete the final semester.

The curious case of Indian students who planned to study abroad

18 June 2020 | The Business Standard

Action: While there are many reasons for Indian students’ choice of education abroad, the advantage from post-study work visa and employment opportunities are the main incentives.

The year 2020 has been a year of uncertainties. While the Covid-19 pandemic has hit economies and institutions everywhere around the world, the plans of Indian students, looking to study abroad this academic year, have also been thrown out of gear. Even as the new academic year, to begin in September, is fast-approaching, the students have been left in the lurch. Their concerns are wide-ranging—from high fees without a rounded campus experience, to a decline in or loss of income for parents who would fund their education, health, and well-being, and growing protectionism in the US and other countries jeopardizing post-education employment prospects. While multiple reasons are explaining the decline, given the situation across the world in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the double-digit figure for April 2020 reveals that money going out of India towards higher education might not be the same this year.

YouTube Discussions

FALL 2021 Admissions: Impact of COVID-19 & What Steps You Need to Take Today

17 June 2020 | Gyan Dhan

Action: Popular Destinations for Abroad Studies: Advantages and Admission Process.

The video is a part of the webinar ‘FALL 2021 Admissions: Impact of COVID-19 & What Steps You Need to Take Today!’ organized by GyanDhan in partnership with Galvanize Test Prep. Divya Sreenivas (Alumni of University of New Mexico, Global Admissions Head, Galvanize Test Prep) talks about the popular study destinations among the abroad study aspirants, the advantages in studying in these countries, and the admission process in the universities abroad.

Exams in The Pandemic

21 June 2020 | NDTV India

Action: Exams in the pandemic.

>Sources in the Education ministry have indicated that a decision on school board exams is likely to be taken soon. A grading process is being considered and a uniform policy decision will be made that will apply to the entire country. Students, parents, and principals lay out their expectations ahead of the big decision that will impact the lakhs of students across the country.

Exam Updates

Maharashtra cancels final year university exams over spiraling COVID cases

21 June 2020 | NDTV India

The Maharashtra government has announced that it will not conduct final year degree exams under various universities in the state in the backdrop of rising coronavirus cases. The final year exams for non-professional and professional courses across all the 14 universities will now be optional. Those who don’t want to take the exams will be marked on the basis of average grades from the previous semester, but those who wish to sit for the exams will be allowed to do so. In both the cases, students will have to give a written consent to the concerned university.


The government may scrap CBSE exams, defer NEET, JEE

21 June 2020 | Indian Express

Amid growing clamour that the remaining CBSE examinations be cancelled and dates for crucial competitive tests for engineering and medical colleges across the country be postponed, the Union HRD Ministry is having a rethink and may announce the cancellation of the CBSE examinations early next week. Last month, the Ministry had announced the remaining CBSE Class X and XII board examinations be held during July 1–15, the JEE (Main) in July 18–23, and the NEET on July 26.


UP universities to hold exams after June 30

21 June 2020 | Times of India

The Uttar Pradesh government has directed the universities and colleges in the state to conduct the annual and the semester exams after June 30, 2020. The institutions have been asked to ensure necessary arrangements for conducting 2019-20 exams in HEIs and BEd 2020 exams. The institutes are also advised to arrange alcohol-based sanitisers for ensuring the safety of the candidates.

ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) allows students to opt-out of CA exam scheduled for July

21 June 2020 | Times of India

The ICAI has allowed the students (who have already submitted an online examination application for May 2020 Examination cycle) to opt-out and carry forward their candidature to next examination (November 2020) cycle. For those willing to appear in the exam, the institute is making all necessary arrangements such as thermal scanning, sanitisation, wearing of masks etc.


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