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NEET 2020, JEE MAIN to be held in July

Major entrance exams will be held in July. During an interaction with students, HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ stated that NEET 2020 will be held on 26 July, JEE MAIN will be held on 18, 20, 21, 22 and 23 July, and JEE (Advance) may be held in August 2020. He also said that the date of UGC NET 2020 and CBSE 12 Board examinations will be announced soon.

The minister was interacting with students from across the country through a webinar. During the one hour interaction, he responded to the various concerns and queries of students relating to school examinations, entrance examinations, academic calendar, online education, fees, mental health of students, international students, fellowships among others.

While interacting with students on the issue of mental health, he advised them:

  • To remain calm and focused on their course of studies.
  • Develop your study timetable and take small breaks in between.
  • In order to excel in entrance exams, it is important to know the syllabus and exam pattern.

He also appealed students to not be anxious, eat healthy food and stay safe.

How to prepare for entrance exams?

HRD minister asked students preparing for entrance examination to access lectures on Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology on the official website of the National Testing Agency at the link:  https://nta.ac.in/LecturesContent.

He added that various platforms of MHRD can be used for preparing for entrance exams. These include Swayamprabha DTH channel, IIT PAL of SWAMPRABHA, DIKSHA, E pathshala, National Digital Library, SWAYAM, e-PG Pathshala, Shodhganga, e-ShodhSindhu, e-Yantra, Spoken Tutorial and Virtual Labs.

What to do if you live in a village where internet connectivity is a problem?

HRD ministry has tied up with the I&B ministry to air SWAYAM PRABHA channels on the DTH platforms of Tata Sky and Airtel DTH operators, DD-DTH, Dish TV and Jio TV App.

SWAYAM PRABHA is a group of 32 DTH channels providing high quality educational curriculum based course contents covering diverse disciplines such as arts, science, commerce, performing arts, social sciences and humanities subjects, engineering, technology, law, medicine, agriculture etc., to all teachers, students and citizens across the country interested in lifelong learning.

The channel number in different DTH service providers are as follows: In Airtel TV: Channel # 437, Channel # 438 & Channel #439, in vmVideocon: Channel # 475, Channel # 476, Channel # 477, in Tata sky: Channel # 756 which pops up window for Swayamprabha DTH channels and in Dish TV: Channel # 946, Channel # 947, Channel #949, Channel # 950.

The minister also highlighted that the ministry is trying to explore the option of All India Radio, Doordarshan and use 2G network to transact the curriculum to students.

No Fee hike for NITs/ IITs/ IIITs

While responding to the query relating to fee hike for NITs , IITs & IIITs for academic year 20-21, the minister said that there will be no fees increase for this academic year.

Migration of students of Navodaya Vidyalayas

Regarding the migration of students of Navodaya Vidyalayas to their respective states and home, the minister informed that the migration process for all schools is being pursued and it has got momentum with a DO letter from MHRD to state chief secretaries. He informed that out of 173 Schools, more than 62 schools have initiated the process.

Academic calendar released

Alternative calendar for the primary, upper primary stage and secondary has been released. This calendar provides guidelines to teachers on the use of various technological tools and social media tools available for imparting education in fun-filled, interesting ways, which can be used by learners, parents and teachers even while at home.

Board exams dates will be released soon

Regarding the concerns raised by students relating to board examinations, the minister clarified that the board will conduct examinations only for those subjects which are required for promotion and are crucial for admissions in higher educational institutions. He informed that a press release of CBSE dated Aril 1, 2020 elaborates upon the 29 subjects and other details which can be accessed on the board’s website i.e., http://cbse.nic.in/. He informed that exams for class X are over for all over the country except north east Delhi and adequate time of 10 days will be given to all stakeholders before starting the examinations. The minister also clarified to the students of north-east Delhi that there is no need to reappear in these examinations if they had already appeared. These exams will be conducted again for those few students who could not appear in these exams on the scheduled date due to the law and order issues. Students may also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions uploaded by CBSE on their website.

Reduction of syllabus this year

HRD minister highlighted that the government is planning to tackle the academic loss of students during the lockdown period. As a response to COVID-19 lockdown, CBSE will assess the loss of instructional time for proportionate reduction in curriculum load for board exams 2021. In accordance, course committees of the board have initiated work on reduced syllabus in various scenarios. Students will be notified on the same soon.

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