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 March 30, 2021 – April 12, 2021

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South Asia


Medical students studying in Chinese univs approach UN for help to be able to get back to their colleges

8th April 2021 | The Hindustan Times

After receiving no positive response from the government of China regarding the temporary visa ban on foreigners, medical students pursuing their degree in Chinese universities have now approached the United Nations hoping for positive development. In a letter signed by over 20,000 medical, graduate and undergraduate school students studying in universities in China, Japan and Australia, students have urged UN to intervene in the matter and help lift border restrictions, which has left thousands of students stranded in their home countries for the past one year.

Canada: Indian students protest against visa processing delays

9th April 2021 | The Pie News

Indian students hoping to study at Québec colleges held protests this week, demanding that Canadian authorities speed up the processing of their student visa applications. Late last year, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration in Québec issued a decree suspending the processing of international applications at 10 institutions as a result of “dubious” international student recruitment practices. Since then the ministry said it had resumed the reception and processing of applications on a temporary basis for students who had already submitted documents. However, students told that are still waiting for their applications to be processed. In response, they held protests in Chandigarh, India, in front of the office of the General Consulate of Canada and handed applications to a member of staff.

Exam Updates

NEET PG admit card released on April 12 at nbe.edu.in; exam on April 18

12th April 2021 | The Times of India

National Board of Examinations (NBE) will issue the NEET PG admit card 2021 on its official website on April 12. Once released, candidates who have applied for the NEET PG exam can visit the official website of NBE to check and download their NEET PG admit card 2021. The National Board of Examinations has scheduled to conduct the NEET PG exam on April 18 at various centres across the country. The result of the exam will be declared by May 31, 2021.

Delhi University Releases Tentative Date Sheets For Undergraduate Semester Exams

12th April 2021 | NDTV

The University of Delhi (DU) has released the tentative exam date sheets for the undergraduate (UG) exams of BA, BSc, BCom programmes for the second and fourth-semester students. The date sheet is available on the official website of the university, du.ac.in. The exam will begin on May 18 and will be held till June 6. For students who were admitted in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, exams for most of the courses will start from May 15.

Anna university online exam results out

Anna University has declared the results of online semester exams for second, third, and final year engineering students. More than 400 thousand candidates appeared for the 60-minute tests conducted from February 1 to March 2. For the first time, the university developed a mobile app for students taking online tests on smartphones and a secured browser for those taking tests on laptops or desktops. Read More | 12th April 2021 | The Times of India

CBSE, ICSE students want exams cancelled, sign petitions, but boards say no change in schedule

7th April 2021 | The Print

Thousands of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Exams (CISCE) students are rallying together to call for the postponement of Class 10 and 12 board exams, which are scheduled to begin next month, in light of the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases. Disabled students enrolled with the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) also have similar demand.  The CBSE and the CISCE exams are both scheduled to start from 4 May. Neither board appears likely to cancel exams just yet.

JEE Main April 2021 Admit Card expected soon on jeemain.nta.nic.in

6th April 2021 | Times Now

The National Testing Agency (NTA) is expected to release the admit cards for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) mains April session 2021 soon. JEE Main April session examination will be conducted from April 27 to April 30. Candidates who have applied for the JEE Mains April Session 2021 exam can download their admit cards by visiting the official website for JEE Main at jeemain.nta.nic.in.

Mumbai University releases exam schedule for professional courses

2nd April 2021 | The Hindustan Times

The University of Mumbai (MU) released dates of commencement of examinations for professional undergraduate and postgraduate courses. For the first time in the past one year, the university has announced that they will be sharing a question bank for select few courses and share the same with affiliated colleges. As per the notification, exams for BPharm, MPharm and Master in Engineering will begin in April whereas exams for BEd, MEd and LLM will take place in May 2021. After admissions to first-year law courses got delayed until March 2021, semester 1 exams for both the LLB three and five-year courses will take place in June 2021.

YouTube Discussions

The world’s top-ranked universities and institutions from Australia for Indian students

5th April 2021 | IDP Education

In this session, experts have shared their views and opinions on opportunities available in Australia for international students. Students and Parents will get information on why it is the right time to study in Australia if you are planning to study abroad. Watch Video 


Exam Updates

SSC and HSC exams ‘uncertain’ again

11th April 2021 | Prothomalo

There is uncertainty as to whether the examinations of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) of this year will be held or not. Even, none of the authorities concerned could provide any info regarding this matter. The government had planned to arrange these examinations after taking a 60 and 80 day-long in-person classes both for SSC and HSC respectively, which was supposed to resume on 30 March. But the massive surge of COVID-19 infections has forced the government to continue the shutdown of educational institutions. Officials at Dhaka Education Board said it is not possible to declare a fresh timeframe for the examinations amid the current situation of COVID-19. But it completely depends on the decision of government’s high-ups whether the result of HSC will be drawn through assessment, based on previous classes’ results, in lieu of examination.

Medical admission test results published

4th April 2021 | Dhaka Tribune

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has published the results of the MBBS admission test. A total of 48,975 applicants passed the entrance test, of whom the first 4,350 candidates on the merit list have been selected for the 2020-2021 academic session. The pass rate was 39.86% among the test takers. According to the DGHS, there were 10,697 seats in total, including 4,350 seats at the 37 public medical colleges, and 6,347 at 70 private medical colleges of the country. Under the supervision of DGHS, the MBBS admission tests were held at 19 centers across the country amid a surge of COVID-19 cases. The entrance test for dental colleges is set to be held on April 30.

Sri Lanka

Exam Updates

GCE Advanced Level exam postponed to October

4th April 2021 | Mena Fn

GCE Advanced Level Examination, which was scheduled to be held in August 2021, has been postponed. Education Minister said the examination will be held from October 4 to October 30. They further said that the grade five scholarship examination will be held on October 3. The Ministry also announced that the GCE Ordinary Level Examination will be held during the last week of January 2022.

Southeast Asia


Schools in Sibu to reopen on rotation basis to prevent overcrowding, spread of COVID-19

4th April 2021 | Malay Mail

All primary and secondary schools in Sibu Division will reopen based on a rotation mechanism to avoid overcrowding and prevent the spread of COVID-19, said Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (SDDMC) coordinator. Based on this arrangement, Primary Four to Six pupils will attend school on alternate days while pre-schoolers and those from Primary will be in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For secondary schools, the upper secondary students will attend school as usual.

Exam Updates

Almost 3,000 students to sit for second session of SPM exams from April 6

5th April 2021 | The Star

Almost 3,000 candidates are sitting for the second session of the SPM 2020 examinations after having missed the first session due to being tested positive for COVID-19 or having to undergo quarantine. The second session of the SPM 2020 examinations will be held from April 6 until April 23 for these candidates, said the Education Ministry’s Examination Board. A total of 2,969 candidates are sitting for the second session of SPM 2020 at 197 examination centers nationwide. The examination schedule for the second session of SPM 2020 can be downloaded from the official portal of the Examination Board.


20 universities in southern Vietnam recruit students based on IELTS, international certificates

8th April 2021 | Vietnam Net

In 2021, about 20 universities in the southern region of Vietnam will enroll students based on their IELTS and international certifications. Among them are well-known higher education institution such as the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, HCM City University of Medicine and Pharmacy and Ton Duc Thang University. This is a new trend among higher education institutions in Vietnam in recent years. Explaining this trend, associate Professor, Head of the Training Department of Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, said that universities consider the IELTS and international certifications as criteria for recruiting students because they want to promote international integration. The further goal is that these students are ready for the studying environment in developed countries.

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