Published weekly, the COVID-19 Impact on South and South-East Asian students highlights news drawn from various sources focusing on South and South-East Asian 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 covers news articles from February 09, 2021 – February 15, 2021.

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Indian students top priority in new UK International Education Strategy

11th February 2021 | The Statesman

Ambitious UK International Education Strategy focuses on increasing international education by focusing on India, improving the international student experience and supporting opportunities in online education. A focus on India is at the heart of the UK government’s renewed commitment to the importance of international education detailed in its latest International Education Strategy. The Strategy reinforces the ambitious target of increasing education exports by 75% to £35 billion a year by 2030 and highlights Indian students and UK Indian education partnership as crucial to these ambitions. The government will work on implementation with bodies such as UCAS, the U.K. Council for International Student Affairs, the Office for Students, Universities U.K. International and the Confederation of British Industry as well as pathway providers and international students themselves.

Exam Updates

University of Mumbai declares BMS Semester 5 results

14th February 2021 | Free Press Journal

Out of 16,528 students who appeared for the BMS winter semester examination, 15,090 cleared the exam leading to a pass percentage of 97.51 per cent. The result of the examination is out and published on the university website http://www.mumresults.in/

NTA allows students to pick date for May JEE exam to avoid conflict

13th February 2021 | Digital Learning

To avoid further conflict between the JEE and CBSE class 12 exams, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has allowed all students taking the grade 12 exams to choose a May exam date to avoid conflict. The agency posted an official notice on the official NTA JEE website at jeemain.nta.nic.in. the decision to select a date was made taking into account the interests of the candidates in order to avoid a conflict between the two exams. The JEE main exam application form will open on May 3 and end on May 12, 2021 (for the May session). Applicants must notify the NTA of their Class 12 roster number and the name of the board within this time period.

Delhi University December 2020 Semester result announced

12th February 2021 | Scroll

Delhi University (DU) has announced the result of the November-December 2020 Semester exam on its official website. Candidates who appeared for various undergraduate and postgraduate semester exams can check the result at du.ac.in. To check and download the marks/scorecard, candidates have to log in at the DU website.

CBSE Board Exams 2021 Application Date Extended for Private Candidates

12th February 2021 | Jagran Josh

As per the latest update, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has extended the CBSE 10th and 12th Exam 2021 application date for the private candidates. The board will reopen the CBSE Board Exam 2021 Application window for private candidates from February 22 to 25. Students will be able to complete the application formalities for Class 10 and 12 Board Exams via official portal i.e. cbse.gov.in. 

Anna University Extends Registration Deadline Till February 16

12th February 2021 | NDTV

Anna University has extended the application deadline for the postgraduate entrance exam–TANCET 2021. All those who are yet to complete the registration process can apply for TANCET 2021 on or before February 16 at the official website- tancet.annauniv.edu.

Supreme Court lowers NEET 2020 cut off for admissions to BDS courses

9th February 2021 | DNA

The Supreme Court directed that the vacant seats in the first year of BDS course for the year 2020-21 should be filled by lowering the percentile mark by 10 percentile. The top court directed that candidates belonging to the general category who have secured 40 percentile shall be eligible to be considered for admission in the first year BDS course for the year 2020-2021.

YouTube Discussions

Key things you need to consider while submitting your application for U.S. institutions

12th February 2021 | IDP Education

In this session meet representatives from U.S. Universities sharing their views on opportunities available in U.S. for international students. This session answers queries of students and parents with clarity on Higher Education for International students in U.S. Watch Video


Exam Updates

Online registration for Rajshahi University admission test from March 7 to 18

9th February 2021 | Dhaka Tribune

Online registration for admission test in first-year honours of 2020-21 academic session of Rajshahi University (RU) will begin from March 7 and will continue till March 18. Upon completion of the scrutinizing process of the preliminary application, the qualified students have to submit the final application from March 23 and will continue till March 31.


Exam Updates

Tribhuvan University to run classes physically from March

10th February 2021 | The Himalayan Times

In a departure from virtual classes, Tribhuvan University (TU) will be running classes in the physical presence of teachers and students from mid-March. Classes for Bachelor’s level will begin physically from mid-March while Masters level classes will run from mid-April. Currently, the TU entrance exams are being held for the new academic session. TU has been taking exams of various levels since November last year. TU plans to publish the results of those exams by mid-April.

Sri Lanka

Exam Updates

Special Examination Centres for 2020 GCE Ordinary Level

12th February 2021 | News First

Special examination centres will be set up at the district level in order to facilitate the students infected with COVID-19 to sit for the 2020 GCE Ordinary Level Examination, the Department of Examinations said. The 2020 GCE Ordinary Level Examination is scheduled to be held from March 1 and will take place at 4513 centres islandwide.

South-East Asia


Malaysian embassy in China sends care packages to stranded students

11th February 2021 | The Star

Care packages of joy were sent to Malaysian students here who are unable to return home for the Chinese New Year holidays. This was a gesture from members of the Malaysian Embassy in China, who wished to share the festive joy with the students. A total of 138 packages were mailed to Malaysian undergraduates throughout the mainland.

Exam Updates

Education Ministry issues Q&A for public exams during pandemic

9th February 2021 | The Star

The Education Ministry has issued a set of Questions and Answers (Q&A) related to public examinations and central assessments. These were posted on the ministry’s Facebook account on February 9. It is stated that the examinations for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) and Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) for the 2020 candidates will carry on according to the schedule.


Exam Updates

Chulalongkorn University in lockdown following the discovery of COVID-19 cluster

13th February 2021 | The Thaiger

Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University has closed until the end of February in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, following the discovery of 16 cases on campus. The university is urging all staff and students to remain in their accommodation and not to go out or meet others between now and February 28. 16 university employees have tested positive for Covid-19. According to a Thai PBS World report, most of them live in on-site dormitories and are currently undergoing treatment. Students will continue to receive tuition through online classes, with the university’s lecturers having to adjust how they assess students.


Exam Updates

A-Level examination results to be released on February 19; students will receive slips in the classroom

10th February 2021 | CAN

The results of the 2020 GCE A-Level examinations will be released on February 19, said the Ministry of Education (MOE). Given the COVID-19 situation, candidates will receive their results at their respective schools in individual classrooms instead of gathering as a cohort, the ministry added. Only candidates will be allowed into the school premises and are expected to observe safe management measures. Candidates who are eligible for SingPass can use their SingPass account to access the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board’s (SEAB) results release system. The system will be accessible from February 19 to March 5.


Exam Updates

Schools, universities in Ho Chih Minh City to continue the online study until February 28

15th February 2021 | The Star

The People’s Committee of HCM City has directed all educational establishments in the city to remain closed and resume online study until February 28. Under the city’s original plan, students would have returned to schools and universities on February 17. But, under the new directive, they will resume online study after the Tet holiday until February 28. Schools will also continue to implement measures to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, and students and teachers will have to submit health declarations when they return to school. At the beginning of this month following the COVID-19 outbreak, the city authority directed schools to switch to online study for the week before Tet.

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