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 17 – 24, 2020.

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Coronavirus effect: 61% Indian students postpone plans to study abroad, finds QS survey

22 August 2020 | The Financial Express

According to a survey being carried out by British university ranking agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), as many as 61% of the Indian students who were planning to study abroad have decided to defer their studies by a year. Apart from this, 8% of students chose to study in a different country, while 7% cancelled their plans altogether. The QS survey of prospective international students is an ongoing one, and it aims to find out how the students’ plans have been affected due to the pandemic. The report stated that till August 11, the survey had been answered by 66,959 students, of whom 11,310 are Indian. The report cited the QS’s survey data of Indian students and stated that 49% of them planned to study at the MBA, Master’s and graduate diploma level, 19% wished to research at the Master’s and PhD level, and 29% wanted to study at the undergraduate level.

Indian Ambassador tells students in the USA not to panic over uncertainties regarding their academic sessions

20 August 2020 | Edex Live

India’s Ambassador to the US urged Indian students not to panic over the “uncertainties” surrounding their academic sessions, saying the COVID-19 pandemic is temporary. Speaking to over 50 Indian students in virtual interaction, the ambassador said such unprecedented situations should instead inspire them to work harder and contribute towards a self-reliant modern, prosperous and happy India. During the interaction, he also referred to the India-US education partnership as an important aspect of the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Appreciating the students’ proactiveness, the ambassador in his remarks stressed that the Indian Embassy and the consulates in America would support the students in all possible ways. There are about 200,000 Indian students in the US.

Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC) and Migrants’ Rights Network Study: Indian students in the UK struggling due to lack of hardship support infrastructure

20 August 2020 | Connected to India

In a survey conducted among students from 28 countries across 31 universities in June, the Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC) and Migrants’ Rights Network found that international students, 54% of whom were from India, reported being rejected for hardship funds and some having to resort to free food banks to save costs.

COVID-19 Impact: Lack of access to technology hinders student learning in Nepal

22 August 2020 | Nepali Sansar

With the closure of educational institutes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nepal has been working to adopt e-learning via different electronic devices like radio, television, cell phones, and many more. However, the lack of student access to technology at home has emerged as a roadblock for student learning. According to Provincial Education Directorate, only 30% of students in the Bagmati Province have access to the internet. Even the Curriculum Development Centre has started working to grant recognition to alternative learning methods for the current academic session. However, learning through alternative systems seems to be impractical during the ongoing crisis.

COVID-19 travel curbs leash Bangladeshi students’ aspirations of overseas studies

18 August 2020 | BD News 24

The travelling restrictions put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus has put the brakes on the dreams of studying abroad for Bangladeshi students with ambitions of a better future. Usually, it is hard enough for students with such aspirations to muster the qualification and ability to study in renowned institutions abroad. This year the difficulties are further compounded by the embassies of European and American countries not issuing visas following the emergence of the pandemic. There are many cases where students have finalized their admission in universities abroad, but the coronavirus halted their progress and thrown their plans into uncertainty. The schools and coaching centres that train up students for IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, GRE, SAT, GMAT and other qualifications to study abroad have all but shut down due to an acute lack of students seeking the lessons.

YouTube Discussions

Impact of COVID-19 on study abroad plans and how to utilise this time for test preparation

20 August 2020 | HDFC Credila

With the COVID-19 situation slightly in control, different countries have taken a different approach to invite international students for higher education like online classes and some countries are about to open its borders. This discussion is to understand different country stances to open international borders for students and while all this takes place, how can a student utilize this time to prepare even better for their study abroad examinations. Watch Video

Exam Updates

Delhi University admission tests to begin from September 6, announces National Testing Agency (NTA)

22 August 2020 | Firstpost The National Testing Agency (NTA) announced that the admission tests for colleges under the Delhi University (DU) will begin from September 6. The Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET) will be held until September 11. All the students who are seeking admission to the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in colleges under the university must qualify the DUET 2020. Students can refer to the official notification at du.ac.in for further details.

UGC-NET, DU Entrance Test, and other exam dates announced

21 August 2020 | India

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced the revised dates for various entrance exams including UGC-NET and Delhi University entrance tests. These examinations were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

High Court: Central Board of Secondary Exams (CBSE) assessment scheme approved by Supreme Court to be applicable to improvement exams

21 August 2020 | Times Now

The Delhi High Court has held that the assessment scheme, approved by the Supreme Court after the cancellation of Central Board of Secondary Exams (CBSE) examinations due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, will also apply to the candidates who couldn’t clear the 10 or 12 CBSE exams ions.

Publish results of all students without insisting on exam fees, Madras High Court orders Anna University

21 August 2020 | The New Indian Express

The Madras High Court has directed Anna University to publish the semester results of students pursuing first, second and third-year courses in affiliated engineering colleges for 2019–20, without insisting on payment of examination fees.

Delhi High Court directs Delhi University (DU) to expedite results of students going abroad for higher studies

20 August 2020 | NDTV

The Delhi High Court directed the Delhi University to expeditiously declare results of final year undergraduate students who have obtained admission in foreign universities for higher studies. Besides expediting results, the varsity was also directed by the high court to create an e-mail ID on which students can send their requests along with the details of the foreign university where they have secured provisional admission so that a request letter can be addressed directly by the Delhi University to the concerned foreign varsity.

Primary and Mass Education (PME) Ministry, Bangladesh sends a proposal to scrap this year’s PEC exams

19 August 2020 | Dhaka Tribune

The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (PME) has sent a proposal to the Prime Minister’s Office for scrapping this year’s Primary Education Certificate (PEC) examinations as schools across the nation remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Junior School Certificate (JSC), Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC), Primary Education Certificate (PEC), and Ebtedayee terminal examinations will not be taken this year if the proposal gets the premier’s approval. Following the suggestions from the Directorate of Primary Education (DPE), National Academy of Primary Education (NAPE), and Bangladesh Examination Development Unit (BEDU), the Education Ministry is now drafting a recovery plan, such as automatically promoting students to the next class without holding exams, or extending the duration of the academic session to complete syllabus, among others.

Grade XII results of students from Nepal still uncertain

24 August 2020 | The Himalayan Times

National Examination Board, Nepal which has been mulling over ways to conduct the national level examination of Grade XII amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, is unlikely to allow schools to issue students’ mark-sheets based on the internal evaluation. The board came up with the idea after their earlier decision to allow schools to evaluate Grade X students based on internal evaluation drew disapproval.

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