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:
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Results for intermediate semesters: – Results for intermediate semesters will be based on 50% weightage to present exams and 50% weightage to prior exams.
- 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.
- 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.