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 January 18, 2020 – January 25, 2021.

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China gives no return date for Indian students stranded home

19th January 2021 | Hindustan Times

China has declined to give a deadline for the return of Indian students studying in the country who are stranded in India, saying its decision not to allow foreign students to return was based on the global Covid-19 pandemic situation. Every country is formulating pandemic-control measures according to the situation on the ground, and China’s priority is to prevent the spread of the disease, the Chinese foreign ministry said. The ministry said Chinese students are facing the same problem despite spending money to study abroad. More than 23,000 Indian students’ study in China, most of them enrolled in medical universities. All but a handful had returned to India in a staggered manner in 2020 following the Covid-19 outbreak in China but are now stranded in their home country because Beijing has banned foreign students from returning to universities.

Exam Updates

CBSE Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2021 date sheet, admit card, result release date

24th January 2021 | DNA India

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2021 will start from May 4 and students across the country are eagerly waiting for the release of the CBSE Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2021 datasheet. According to reports, the CBSE would release the Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2021 datasheet in the coming days. CBSE Class 10, Class 12 board exams 2021 date sheet will be released on the board’s official website – cbse.nic.in. Notably, Maharashtra, Bihar, Karnataka and West Bengal state boards have already released their board exam 2021 schedule. 

Mumbai University PhD Entrance Exam On February 28

22nd January 2021 | NDTV

The University of Mumbai has extended the deadline for submission of applications for PhD and MPhil entrance examinations. Accordingly, online applications for PhD and MPhil entrance exams can now be submitted till January 28, 2021. The registration link has been activated on the university’s website. The examination will be held on February 28, 2021.

UP Board to conduct Class 12 exams in two phases

22nd January 2021 | Digital Learning

The UP Board of Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad has published the call for the practical exams of class 12 or UP Board Inter 2021. According to the official announcement on upmsp.edu.in, the practical exams of class 12 of the UP Board will begin on February 3, 2021. However, this year the exams will take place in two phases. The first phase begins on February 3, 2021, and the second phase on February 13, 2021. The theory exams must take place in April / May. The detailed date sheet has yet to be released.

JEE Advanced 2021: IIT Kharagpur releases syllabus

21st January 2021 | First Post

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur has released the subject-wise syllabus for JEE Advanced 2021 on the official website — jeeadv.ac.in. The website also contains the mock tests for JEE Advanced 2021. The entrance exam will be held in two shifts at tests centres in the country on July 3. To appear for JEE Advanced, candidates will have to first clear JEE Main. The top 2,50,000 students from across all categories will be eligible to appear for JEE Advanced 2021.

Anna University exams postponed due to clash with GATE

20th January 2021 | The New Indian Express

Anna University has postponed all its November/December 2020 engineering examinations that were scheduled on February 6 and 13. The varsity said that the change was made given the GATE exam which is scheduled on those dates. The exam sessions which were scheduled to be held on February 6 will be held on February 16 and the exams on February 13 will be held on February 17.

TANCET 2021: Anna University begins registration for admission to PG Courses

19th January 2021 | India TV

Anna University has released the Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test 2021 (TANCET 2021) application form on the official website. Candidates can apply online by visiting the official website– tancet.annauniv.edu. The TANCET 2021 is scheduled on two dates- March 20 and 21, 2021 in shifts depending on the postgraduate course. The MBA and MCA entrance exams are scheduled on March 20, 2021, while the test for M.E, M.Tech, M.Arch and M.Plan is scheduled on March 21, 2021.

JEE-Main eligibility criteria relaxed, 75% score requirement waived

19th January 2021 | The Hindu

The eligibility criteria for JEE-Main 2021 has been relaxed, allowing students who scored less than 75% in their Class 12 examinations to attempt the entrance test for admission to the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IITs), Schools of Planning and Architecture (SPAs) and other Centrally Funded Technical Institutes.

YouTube Discussions

Frequently asked questions from students applying to the U.S.

19th January 2021 | IDP Education India

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


Bangladesh to watch COVID situation until Feb 4 for school restart decision

24th January 2021 | BD News 24

Education Minister Dipu Moni revealed the plan at a virtual event to mark the International Day of Education after briefing parliament about the guidelines earlier in the day. At the event, she said the government has ordered the educational institutions to complete the preparation for in-person lessons within Feb 4, attaching maximum priority to the health of the students, teachers and support staff so that they can reopen anytime amid the outbreak. “In the meantime, we will decide following the national advisory committee’s recommendation whether to take the students back to classrooms when the lessons begin in the week after Feb 4 or wait some more days,” she said. Some countries have reopened schools while many in Bangladesh demand that the government allow schools to restart as well.

Exam Updates

HSC, Equivalent Exams: Govt can now publish results without exam

25th January 2021 | The Daily Star

Three separate amendment bills were passed in the parliament, paving the way for publishing results without holding a public exam during a pandemic, epidemic, and Act of God. As per the existing laws, there is no provision to publish the results of HSC and equivalent exams without holding tests. The authorities will be able to publish result if it is not possible to hold and conduct exams at the end of the intermediate and secondary stage and any other stage because of a pandemic, epidemic, and Act of God or any other inevitable circumstances as determined by the government, by an order in the official gazette, said the bills.

Sri Lanka

Exam Updates

Schools for Ordinary Level students to reopen for examinations

24th January 2021 | News First

Schools in the Western province of Sri Lanka reopened on January 25 for students facing the upcoming General Certificate of Education (G.C.E) Ordinary Level examination. Academic sessions will resume in keeping with health guidelines due to COVID-19.


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