Coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China, and has created havoc all over the world. The virus rapidly infected several people around the globe and resulted in the death of many. Since the virus infected people at such a rapid rate and was infecting other people even at the asymptomatic phase, there was no other option left than to impose lockdown all over the country.
This lockdown had a massive impact on people all over the world. The school, colleges, and workplaces were shut down. The economy went through a major slowdown, and people were stranded away from their homes. People were restricted from stepping out of their homes and whatnot.
The first phase of lockdown in India was implemented from March 25, 2020, in which many activities were restricted. The schools, colleges, markets, workplaces, and all places of gatherings were shut down. Many exams and interviews were also canceled due to this lockdown. Many national level exams like NEET and IIT-JEE were also impacted due to the coronavirus lockdown.
As of now, we have entered the third phase of lockdown from May 4, 2020. The government has allowed many activities and relaxations over the country. The markets are open with mandatory social distancing norms and proper timings to be followed. The companies are also permitted to work with 33% of workers. The highlight of the third phase of relaxations was the reopening of liquor shops, which resulted in long queues outside the liquor shop. The schools and institutions are still shut down with the government advising the students to prepare through online platforms.
The union government deferred all government test schedules in April, May, and June due to the coronavirus lockdown. After this announcement, students and parents were deeply concerned about the future of the students, how the academic session would start, when the exam would be conducted, and a lot of doubts were there in the minds of people. So finally, after a month, on May 5, 2020, HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has made some significant announcements to bring back higher education on track.
The IIT-JEE main examination would be conducted on July 18, July 20, July 22, and July 23, and the NEET exam would be conducted on July 26. The IIT JEE advance exam would be held in August, the dates of the advance exam would be announced later. Earlier it was announced that the two exams would be held at the end of May.
Usually, the two exams are held in April and May. The IIT jee exam is a gateway exam for admission to IIT, NIT and other engineering colleges in India and is held two times a year, i.e., January and April. The NEET examination is for admission medical programs and is conducted in the first week of May.
This year nearly around 11 lakh candidates have registered for jee mains examination and 16 lakh candidates for neet examination as per the data by the national testing agency. The result of the JEE main and neet exam will be announced in July end and august end respectively. With all the processes getting delayed, the academic session will begin late this year, and the governments have asked the central and state boards to reduce the syllabus for the upcoming session.
Amidst this discussion, many other queries were also answered by the HRD minister. The colleges will be allowed to conduct the examinations from July 1. New sessions in colleges can be expected to begin in August. If the lockdown is further extended due to the increase in the number of coronavirus cases, then the students can be promoted based on their previous records.
The union HRD minister has cleared a lot of doubts regarding higher education, but we haven't got any clarification on the schedule of the remaining CBSE class 10 and 12 board exams. As the number of coronavirus cases is increasing day by day, we have entered the third phase of lockdown from May 3 to May 17.
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