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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 November 10 – November 16, 2020.

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India

Indian students pursuing higher studies in US in 2019-20 at three-year low

16th November 2020 | The Print

The number of Indian students going to the US for higher education in 2019-20 was at a three-year low, according to data released by the US Open Doors Report 2020. The report states that 193,124 Indian students were studying in various American universities and colleges in 2019-2020 — a decline of 4.4 percent when compared to 2018-19. The US had 202,014 Indian students pursuing higher studies in 2018-19 and the number stood at 196,271 in 2017-18. The Open Doors report is published annually by the New York-based Institute of International Education (IIE). However, despite decreasing numbers, Indian students comprised the second-highest percentage of total international students in the US in 2019-20, second only to China. Indians made up 18 percent of the total international students in American institutions.


Exam Updates

January 2021 JEE Mains could be delayed due to COVID-19 situation, but no plans to cancel

16th November 2020 | The Print

The Joint Entrance Exam (Mains) in January 2021 could be delayed if the COVID-19 situation across the country worsens. Officials in the National Testing Agency (NTA) said they want to keep up with the schedule and hold the exams in January, but are not certain if that will be the case. No official notification has been released so far on the date of the JEE Mains exam, and students have expressed apprehension about whether it will be postponed or cancelled. However, sources in the NTA and the Ministry of Education said that though the exam will not be cancelled, it could be delayed because of the pandemic.

Anna University online supplementary exam schedule for the final year released

16th November 2020 | Hindustan Times

The Anna University has released the schedule for online undergraduate and postgraduate final year supplementary exams on its official website. Candidates can check the examination schedule online at annauniv.edu. According to the notification released by the university, only those candidates who were not able to appear for the online final year exams due to technical glitches and absentees will be able to appear for the online final year supplementary exams. As per the schedule, the varsity will conduct the online final year supplementary exams for undergraduate courses from November 17 to 21, while online postgraduate supplementary exams is scheduled to be held from November 20 to 21. The exam will be conducted in four slots from 10 am to 5 pm.

Mumbai University announces MCom and IDOL results

13th November 2020 | The Times of India

Mumbai University announced the results of close to 9,000 MCom students, as well as final-year BA and BCom students of the Institute of Open and Distance Learning (IDOL). The exams for distance education students had been disrupted in the first week of October after an alleged cyber-attack on the server. They were finally held three weeks later. Close to 9,000 students appeared for the final-year MCom exams from the university and its affiliated colleges, 95% of whom passed. From IDOL, more than 87% of the 6,000 BCom students passed and the success rate of students was recorded over 90%. MA results are awaited.

NEET Counselling 2020: Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) extends round 1 reporting date till November 16

11th November 2020 | Hindustan Times

The Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) on Wednesday further extended the last date for reporting/admission for round-1 of NEET: UG Counselling at the allotted colleges. Earlier, the date was extended till November 14. However, the candidates can now report at their allotted college till 2 pm on November 16. The date has been extended on account of Deepawali, falling on November 14. According to the official schedule, the second round of NEET counselling 2020 will be held from November 18 to 22, 2020. The second seat allotment results will be announced on November 23, 2020.

NTA Duet LLB Result 2020: NTA Releases Delhi University LLB Entrance Exam’s Scorecard

10th November 2020 2020 | Republic World

The Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET) LLB 2020 scorecards have finally been released by the National Testing Agency (NTA). The scorecard is available on NTA’s official website nta.ac.in. The entrance DUET LLB 2020 examination was conducted from 6 to 11 September across 24 cities India.


YouTube Discussions

Thinking and Planning Ahead: What’s Next for International Education and Study Abroad

10th November 2020 | Fulbright Finland

These extraordinary times have changed many of the ways that higher education institutions view international travel and study abroad. In this webinar, experts discuss what’s next for international higher education. Where should we focus our efforts and take proactive steps for the future? This webinar focuses on pragmatic ways that can shape the future of study abroad and international higher education.


Bangladesh

Bangladeshi students studying in the US reaches all-time high

16th November 2020 | United News of Bangladesh

More than 8,800 Bangladeshi students studied in the United States during the 2019/2020 academic year, according to the 2020 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. This is a new all-time high for Bangladesh, reflecting a 7.1 percent increase over the 2019 report (8,249 students), more than tripling since 2009.

University Grants Commission (UGC), GrameenPhone Limited (GP) sign MoU to facilitate online classes of public, private universities

12th November 2020 | Dhaka Tribune

University Grant Commission (UGC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GrameenPhone Limited (GP) in an effort to facilitate the online classes in different public and private universities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students of public and private universities will be provided with an internet bandwidth of state-owned mobile operator Teletalk at a nominal price to help continue their online education activities. University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC) made the disclosure through a press release, saying students of the universities under UGC run platform BdREN will get the opportunity. BdREN is a high-performance data communications network providing connectivity among higher education and research institutions in both the public and private sectors.

Bangladesh decides to keep all educational institutions closed till December 19

12th November 2020 | Dhaka Tribune

The government has decided to extend the ongoing shutdown on schools and other educational institutions of the country till December 19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, shutdown on all educational institutions were extended till November 14.


Nepal

After National Examination Board, Tribhuvan University publishes routine for in-person test amid threat of COVID-19

12th November 2020 | The Kathmandu Post

Following in the footsteps of the National Examination Board, Tribhuvan University has also published exam routine for in-person tests for its students. The university announced that exams for final year students under different faculties will start next month. Students from fourth-year Bachelors of Science, Management and Education will sit for their exams from December 13. The announcement comes after the National Examination Board decided to conduct in-person tests for the grade 12 students from November 24. Though examinees will have to take a shorter-than-usual exam (only for 40 percent of their grade in each subject), they have to go to the exam centre to take the tests. Unlike in the past, students can, however, sit for the exams either at their own schools or others in their hometown. Students from Tribhuvan University will have to sit for exams, which have not been shortened. However, they are free to sit for the exam at a college close to their hometown.


Sri Lanka

Final decision to start schools to be taken next week on health advice

16th November 2020 | Colombo Page

Minister of Education states that the final decision regarding the commencement of the third school term will be taken next week after obtaining the views of the health authorities and relevant parties. The decision will be taken considering both the health safety of the students and their education on the instructions of the experts in the health sector as well as the advice of the principals and teachers of the schools. Although the third school term in the country was scheduled to begin on the November 9, it was postponed due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

A national programme to remotely carry out educational activities affected by the COVID-19 epidemic

14th November 2020 | Colombo Page

A distance education programme for the third school term will commence on November 16, the Government Information Department announced. The programme will be telecast for 16 hours a day on the National Television’s Eye Channel and Nethra Channel. Programs will be telecast 7 days a week covering all grades according to specific schedules. The program will cover Grade 3 to GCE Ordinary Level subjects and the four streams of GCE Advanced level in schools. A series of special review lessons are also expected to be covered through this program targeting the GCE Ordinary Level examination scheduled to be held in January 2021.


 

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