HRD Minister Live Webinar:

The education sector in the country is one of the severely affected areas due to the coronavirus lockdown. Educational institutions have been shut, students have no other option but to follow online classes, entrance examinations have been postponed, final results for 10th and 12th board students are delayed, and several other issues are plaguing the government.


The HRD Minister, Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, has been trying his best to address the issues and dissuading the apprehensions in the students and the parents.

That is why he conducted a live webinar on 5th May 2020 at 12 noon, where he answered some of the burning questions affecting the students in India. The following are the ten major highlights of the HRD Minister Webinar.


HRD Minister Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank Live Webinar Highlights Board Exams, JEE, NEET Entrance Exams 2020:


  1.  JEE Main 2020 Exam will be conducted in July: – The HRD Minister announced that the dates for JEE Main 2020 Exam have been confirmed from 19th July to 23rd July. The exam will be conducted by the NTA, and detailed guidelines will be published on the NTA website soon.
  2. NEET 2020 Exam will be held in July: – The HRD Minister confirmed that the NEET 2020 Exam will be conducted on 26th July 2020. He elaborated that the exam is extremely important for students as more than 17 lakh students will appear for NEET 2020
  3. JEE Advanced will be conducted in August: – During the HRD Minister Webinar, Mr. Nishank confirmed that the JEE Advanced will now be held in August instead of July. He elaborated that the schedule and other details for JEE Advanced 2020 will be confirmed soon by IIT Delhi, which is the conducting body.
  4. Learning material for students in rural areas: – The minister elaborated that in order to make sure that students residing in rural areas with poor internet connectivity have access to the learning material, the e-learning content will be made available on SWYAM Prabha which is a bouquet of educational channels available on DD and other DTH platforms.
  5. Availability of NCERT and CBSE Textbooks: – The minister told that bookshops and stationery shops to remain open during the lockdown to ensure availability of NCERT and CBSE Textbooks. If any books are unavailable, students can reach out to him or the ministry on social media.
  6. Hostel Students Are Safe: – HRD Minister confirmed that more than 80% of students had reached their homes, and those remaining in hostels are being well taken care of and are completely safe.
  7. Exams for final year college students: – Pending exams for final year college students will now be held in July, and the new academic session will start from August 2020.
  8. Results for intermediate semesters: – Results for intermediate semesters will be based on 50% weightage to present exams and 50% weightage to prior exams.
  9. Lack of study material: – The minister said that if students are facing a shortage of study material, they must use the DIKSHA portal, which has a huge repository of over 80,000 study material, including e-learning content.
  10. Gratitude to students and teachers: – He expressed his gratitude for the patience exhibited by the students and teachers. He elaborated that India is better positioned than in other countries.


This was his second webinar in a month. The live webinar was attended by hundreds of thousands of students and parents.



The nationwide lockdown prompted due to the COVID-19 pandemic has virtually brought the education sector in the country to a screeching halt. Ever since mid-March, all educational institutions, as well as competitive examinations, have been postponed indefinitely. As a result, students and their parents are facing a lot of uncertainties.

Especially when it comes to the entrance examinations like JEE 2020 Exam and NEET 2020 Exam, the issue becomes much more important because it is related to not only the future of the students but also of the entire country.

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New Dates For JEE 2020 And NEET 2020 To Be Announced Soon

The JEE 2020 and NEET 2020 have been postponed due to the nationwide lockdown leaving the students and their parents staring at uncertainty. Finally, the Human Resource Development Ministry has announced that the dates for JEE 2020 and NEET 2020 will now be announced on May 5, 2020, Tuesday. Addressing media, a senior officer of the HRD ministry said that “The fresh dates will be announced by HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank‘ on May 5. This will put an end to uncertainty for the aspirants. The minister will also interact with students on the same day.

Thereafter, the Human Resource Development Minister, Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, tweeted that, “Students, I am hosting a webinar exclusively for you, via my Twitter(@DrRPNishank) & Facebook (@cmnishank) pages. Please join me on May 5 at 12 noon! Till then keep sharing your concerns with me using #EducationMinisterGoesLive. I will be happy to address all your queries !” Nishank tweeted on Saturday.”


NTA To Announce The Dates For JEE 2020 And NEET 2020

For the uninitiated, the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) is conducted for admissions into engineering colleges across the country. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test is conducted for admissions into the medical colleges across India. Both these exams are conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

Dates for the JEE 2020 and NEET 2020 will be announced by the NTA on its official website after the notification is issued by the HRD Ministry. So, the students and the parents are advised to regularly check out the NTA website for updates regarding the JEE 2020 and NEET 2020. Any information circulating on social media should be verified first.


Board Exam Dates To Also Be Announced

Along with the dates for JEE 2020 and NEET 2020, dates for the board exams will also be declared. The admission process for the engineering and medical colleges will be commenced only after the class 12th board results are declared. As of now, the dates of remaining exams for class 12th and class 10th students are yet to be announced by the CBSE.

Now, as the nationwide lockdown has been extended, the dates for class 12th exams and class 10th exams will be announced after the situation normalizes across the country.


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