New Delhi, May 5 : Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' on Tuesday announced that the dates of the remaining exams of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for Class XII will be announced within a day or two and that the fees of the Institute of Technology (IIT), National Institute of Technology (NIT) or the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) will not be increased.
This was stated by Mr Pokhriyal in a webinar on Tuesday, in response to students' queries. Responding to a query during his online interaction with students, Mr Pokhriyal said the college-level exams will be held from July 1 and results will be out by the month-end. The new session in colleges is likely to begin in August. However, 'if the colleges are unable to open due to the high number of Coronavirus cases in their respective locations, then students can be promoted on the basis of their previous record,' he added.
The Union Minister said the College/University semester exams will be conducted in July and the new academic year will commence in August. From September 1, the session will begin for new students. The ministry has asked both the Central and state governments to reduce the syllabus for the upcoming academic session, he added. He further said that those students, who were not able to take the school leaving board examinations due to the riots in Delhi, will take the exam again and they will be given 10 days' notice.
He said the work of checking answer sheets for the exams that have been already conducted has started. The Minister also ruled out the possibility of a fee hike for NITs, IITs and IIITs for academic year 20-21, saying that there will be no fee increase for IIT, IIITs and NITs for the academic year 2020-21. While interacting with students on the issue of mental health, the Minister advised students to remain calm and focus on their course of studies. Students should develop their timetable of study and take small breaks in between, he added.
'To excel in the entrance examination, it is important to know the syllabus and exam pattern," he suggested and appealed to the students not to be anxious and eat healthy and stay safe. During the live interaction, the guardian of a student said his ward had appeared for class 10 exams, when and how he could apply for class 11, to which the HRD Minister replied that the result would soon be announced and advised that students should start studying subjects of Class 11 with the help of SWAYAM Prabha and DIKSHA e-learning portals.
During the one-hour interaction, the Minister responded to various concerns expressed by the students relating to school examinations, entrance exams, Academic Calendar, online education, fees, mental health of students, international students, and fellowships among others.