Published weekly, the COVID-19 Impact on South Asian students highlights news drawn from various sources focusing on South 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 on South Asian students covers news articles from September 21 – 28, 2020.
25th September 2020 | Careers 360
Most Chinese universities have barred students from returning to campus until the pandemic is over. Tongji University issued a circular for international students in July telling them not to return till the start of the spring semester. At that time, it didn’t say when the semester was beginning. Some Indian students who have returned from China are also claiming that their institutions have asked final-year students not to return at all and that they will not be provided visas. Since returning to China before 2021 seems impossible, students, their families and education counsellors are making alternative plans. The affected students and their parents have been appealing to the government to make arrangements so that students do not end up wasting the academic year. However, their pleas have gone unaddressed. The only relief this group got was the Medical Council of India (MCI) allowing final-year students to upload provisional pass certificates instead of their primary degree certificates to appear for the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination. With the path to China as good as closed, students are exploring options in other countries as travel restrictions are being slowly lifted. One way out is to seek a transfer to another university.
23rd September 2020 | Edex Live
As the world slowly recovers from Coronavirus and eases back to normalcy, international travel and visa processing activities are already set to resume in India. iSchoolConnect surveyed 5,000 college-level students, most of whom are set to resume their study abroad plans as soon as the travel bans across countries have lifted and the universities open up. The survey shows that a whopping 91% of Indian students are concerned about their future, post-COVID-19. The survey also indicates that Indian students who intend to study abroad will naturally prefer places that have done better in controlling the pandemic such as Germany, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and New Zealand, as opposed to countries like the United States or the United Kingdom.
Bangladeshi students fear they may lose the opportunity to study in Germany due to delayed visa processing
23rd September 2020 | College News
As a consequence of COVID-19 travel bans and lockdown restrictions imposed by many countries across the world, thousands of foreign students are at risk of losing their study opportunities at international universities, if embassies do not begin processing student visas as soon as possible. Hundreds of students from Bangladesh set to leave their country to pursue their studies abroad, have constantly been highlighting the challenges they are facing due to delays with visa application processes. The German Embassy in Dhaka is among those embassies which remain inactive regarding the student visa application processing. In this regard, the Embassy has issued a statement which announces that the Embassy is granting visas only to those heading to Germany for essential purposes. Following this, the student visa applications should also be processed as the German Foreign Affairs Ministry has included travelling to Germany for studies as an essential entry purpose. However, according to the Embassy’s statement, many students could still face delays and be unable to get their visas on time.
22nd September 2020 | HDFC Credila
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27th September 2020 | Deccan Herald
A total of 106 thousand candidates had registered for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Advanced after qualifying the JEE-Main. Out of total registered candidates, 96 per cent appeared for the exam. The number of exam centres was increased from 600 last year to 1000, and the number of exam cities was also increased from 164 to 222. The result of the JEE-Advanced will be declared on October 5.
National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG 2020: Answer key challenge window opens, raise objections till September 29
27th September 2020 | Hindustan Times
The National Testing Agency (NTA) released the answer key for NEET-UG 2020 that was conducted on September 13. NTA opened the window to challenge the answer key of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG 2020. Candidates can raise objections online against the wrong answer key, if any, from September 27 to 29 till 2 pm.
High Court refuses to interfere in Mumbai University’s decision to conduct final year exams from October 1
27th September 2020 | Hindustan Times
The Bombay High Court on Saturday refused to intervene in the Mumbai University’s decision to conduct final year examination for its undergraduate courses from October 1. The final year students can only be promoted based on examinations; the Mumbai University issued a circular announcing the schedule for the third-year final semester examinations. The exams will be conducted virtually between October 1 and October 17.
26th September 2020 | Hindustan Times
The National Board of Examination (NBE) has declared the results of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to the Super Specialty course on its official website. Candidates who have appeared in the NEET SS examination 2020 can check their results online at natboard.edu.in. The NEET-SS 2020 computer-based examination was conducted on September 15, 2020, at various centres spread across the country. The NEET-SS is an eligibility-cum-ranking examination prescribed as the single entrance examination for admission to various DM/MCh (Master Degree in the surgical field) courses.
26th September 2020 | India TV
St Stephen’s College said the admissions for postgraduate courses this year will be online and applications of only those candidates will be considered who have been shortlisted based on merit or entrance exam of the Delhi University (DU). To be considered, the candidate must register using the official St Stephen’s College online application form, clearly indicating their DU registration number.
26th September 2020 | Times Now
The Delhi University Entrance Test, DUET 2020 for admission to various undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil, and Ph.D. courses commenced on September 6, 2020. The answer key of DUET is now available on the official website of NTA, nta.ac.in. Candidates who had appeared for the exams can check the answer keys.
25th September 2020 | Times of India
Around 90% of final year students, who sat for the online proctoring test conducted by Anna University on Day 1, were able to complete the paper. About 5% of students who registered for the test could not take the exam due to connectivity issues and technical glitches. Anna University had announced that the semester exam would be held online in four sessions a day from September 24 to 29. Students were allowed to submit the test only upon attempting the required 30 of 40 questions. Sources said 89% of students from affiliated colleges and 91% from university departments took the hour-long test.
24th September 2020 | Times Now
Delhi University has informed the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that the undergraduate results cannot release before October end, as there is a shortage of resources as well as manpower. The varsity informed the court that 72 per cent of answer sheets that were sent to examiners from the OBE portal has already been evaluated. They further added that 17 postgraduate students who have to go abroad for further students have applied for the confidential results and thus the results shall be sent to the foreign universities on or before September 29.
22nd September 2020 | Times of India
The compartment examination for class 10 and 12 began on September 22 at 1268 centres across the country amid strict precautions given the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The board has also given a chance to class 12 students to appear for the exam if they were unsatisfied with the marks awarded to them based on an alternate assessment scheme after the exams were cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19. Class 10 students have not got any option to improve their performance. Over 2.3 lakh candidates are appearing for the compartment exam this year. While class 10 students appeared for Social Science exam, for class 12 exams of multiple subjects were scheduled, including Political Sciences, Physics, Biology, History and Accountancy.
24th September 2020 | UNB
The British Council said they have around 5,200 students in Bangladesh who registered with them in July-August 2020 to sit for their exams in the October-November 2020 series. The British Council has decided to go ahead with its October-November 2020 exams series for the International GCSE, IGCSE, O Level and International A-Level examination as per schedule. The decision was taken with the approval from the Bangladesh government.
Bangladesh: Education boards of Bangladesh want to hold HSC, equivalent exams before the winter season
23rd September 2020 | Dhaka Tribune
The chairpersons of all intermediate and secondary education boards in Bangladesh have expressed their willingness to hold the HSC and equivalent examinations at least two weeks before winter hits the country. Around 11 chairpersons of the country’s different education boards disclosed the information on the eve of the inter-education board meeting to decide when to conduct the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and other equivalent exams.