A lot has happened this year, and students are in great disruption as the education system is unbearably impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past week, there was another lawsuit filed against exams, this time for entrance tests for engineering and medicine.
As many as issues raised alike Scheduling exams, Declaring results, Conducting entrance examinations, Getting Admission, Upcoming Academic year classes and it’s future results. The impacts are just going like an endless path with more issues.
Last week, one side many discussions held on the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 followed with the ministry holding a major discussion. Another side, central and state universities released revised schedules and plans for exams and academic sessions.
The UN Secretary General’s policy brief on education stated that this pandemic has caused “the largest disruption of education in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion students in all countries and continents. The brief also predicted that “an additional 23.8 million children and youth” could drop out or fail to attend school next year because of the economic impact of the pandemic.
CLAT 2020 Delay:
On August 4, the Delhi High Court has asked the Centre and the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLU) to respond to a law graduate’s plea challenging to take the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the NLU Consortium has delayed the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 indefinitely, which was scheduled to be held on August 22.
The Delhi University has got a nod from the Delhi High Court for holding online Open Book Examination (OBE) for final-year undergraduate courses from August 10 with a series of guidance.
However, the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) chose for assignment-based exams for all terminal and final-year students.
BHU also stated that students in the intermediate semester will be promoted to the next academic year, that is, students will not need to achieve the required minimum 4.0 grade
NEP 2020 Discussion:
The Tamil Nadu government has denied the Centre’s three-language formula proposed in the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 on August 3. Moreover, the government stated that there would no deviation from the two-language policy being followed in the state.
The Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, has dropped the ‘Minister of Human Resource Development’ (MHRD) designation from his profile on social media, which coincides with the recent change in the name of HRD Ministry to Ministry of Education. The change of name was approved by the Union Cabinet on July 29 along with the new National Education Policy 2020.
Last Friday the ministry organized an online conclave on the NEP 2020 which was addressed by prime minister Narendra Modi. Senior ministry officials and of the autonomous bodies that regulate various parts of the sector have also attended the meeting.