PISA 2021: As per the latest information shared by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the Programme for International Student Assessment i.e. PISA will now not be organized in the year 2021. The notification mentions that the PISA will now be conducted in 2022 i.e. it has been postponed for one year. The decision to postpone PISA has been taken by the government after assessing the risk posed by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The information has been conveyed to the Chandigarh Education Department as this year, India was to be represented by the schools of Chandigarh at PISA. The letter from the Ministry of Human Resource Development specified that a confirmation has been received from The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development wherein it has been specified that the PISA main survey for the current cycle, which was scheduled for 2021 has now been postponed to 2022. India will be represented by the students from schools in the Chandigarh UT including the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan schools. Check >> New Education Policy: Sports To Be Included as an Integral Part of The Curriculum Sports Minister

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The letter issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to the Chandigarh Education Department also specifies that it is a wish of the Secretary Department of School Education and Literacy that the schools have been closed since March due to the lockdown should use this period to improve the reading skills of the students. 

Chandigarh was selected for PISA 2021 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PISA is conducted every three years and is a competency-based assessment. India participated last time in the PISA in 2009. The children who had been selected were eagerly awaiting PISA but now their wait has been extended for another year. Check | Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVS) To Introduce AI Courses, Check Details Here

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PISA is quite different from content-based assessment in that it helps with measurement of the extent to which key competencies have been developed in the students which will enable them to wholly participate in modern societies. It aims to evaluate the education system all around the world by subjecting 15-year old students for testing of their skills and knowledge. The key areas in which the students are tested are Mathematics, Science, Collaborative problem-solving, and reading ability. Check >> BSEB Dummy Registration Card Released For 2021 Board Exams: See Steps To Download here

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National Awards To Teachers 2020: There is an important update for all the teachers who were waiting for the opening of the application window for National Awards to Teachers 2020. As per the latest notification published by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the application window for National Awards to Teachers 2020 has now been opened. The application window will remain open till 6th July 2020. So, all the teachers who meet the eligibility criteria for the National Awards to Teachers 2020 must submit their applications within this window only.

Teachers who are teaching in either a recognized private school or a government school are eligible to apply for the National Awards to Teachers 2020. These awards are conferred to the heads of the schools and school teachers teaching in primary, middle, high, and higher secondary recognized schools in India. These awards are presented on the occasion of Teacher’s Day every year.


National Awards to Teachers 2020: Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for National Awards to Teachers 2020 specifies that retired teachers can not apply for the awards. But there is an exception to this rule. If a teacher has served at least four months in the current calendar year in the profession, i.e., up to 30th April 2020, then he/she can be eligible to apply for the awards, subject to fulfillment of other specified eligibility conditions.

The evaluation of the applications for National Awards to Teachers 2020 will be based on two key aspects, i.e., objective and performance-based. The weightage of the objective criteria is 20%, while the performance makes up for 80% of the weightage.


National Awards to Teachers 2020: Selection Process

The selection process for National Awards to Teachers 2020 is as follows: –

  • The application for the National Awards to Teachers 2020 must be submitted online.

  • District Selection Committee will scrutinize the applications and forwards three names to the State Selection Committee.

  • The State Selection Committee will prepare a shortlist of the candidates based on the maximum number allowed to the respective state or UT. The names will then be forwarded to the National Level Independent Jury. There is also an Organization Selection Committee for other organizations.

  • Shortlisted candidates will have to make a 45-min presentation before the National Jury, which will then select 45 names from the list along with two names for differently-abled teachers in the special category.  


Ever since the nationwide lockdown has been implemented, all the schools and colleges in the country have been closed to control the spread of the infection. But in order to ensure that the academic session goes on as smoothly as possible, the Human Resource Development Minister, Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has been conducting live webinars regularly wherein he shares important information and updates regarding the government’s decisions relating to the education sector.


In his previous webinars, he interacted with parents and teachers, but now in his next webinar, he will be interacting with the teachers. The live webinar will be conducted on May 14, 2020, wherein the minister will interact with the teachers and also answer their queries.


HRD Minister Webinar: Great Opportunity For Teachers

While announcing the webinar, the HRD Ministry urged the teachers to participate in the webinar and raise their queries. The twee from the HRD Ministry read that “Teachers; we understand that teaching during #lockdown comes with its own set of challenges. Keeping this in mind, Education Minister @DrRPNishank will be hosting a webinar exclusively for you on May 14 | 12.00 Noon.


Share your queries with him using #EducationMinisterGoesLive.” There is a lot of excitement regarding the webinar as in previous webinars; the HRD Minister had shared some important updates like dates for JEE Mains 2020, NEET 2020, and CBSE Examinations. Regarding the announcement of college exam dates, it has been informed that the decision will be made by the respective universities as per the guidelines issued by the UGC.


The HRD Minister himself tweeted that, I have always had a special place for teachers in my heart, and hence I am very excited to announce my next webinar exclusively for teachers on May 14 at 12 noon. Looking forward to receiving your queries and suggestions.” Teachers have been encouraged to post their questions and queries to the minister during the webinar. Teachers will have to use the hashtag #EducationMinisterGoesLive to join the webinar and post their queries.


HRD Minister Webinar: Interactive session on May 11, 2020

In the series of webinars being conducted by the HRD Minister, another webinar has been scheduled for May 11, 2020. The topic of the webinar is higher education post-COVID 19, and it will commence at 04.00 PM.


On the announcement of this webinar, the Association of Indian Universities tweeted, “Please join the interactive session with the Hon’ble HRM @DrRPNishank on Higher Education post COVID19 era on May 11 at 04.00 PM at http://facebook.com/cmnishank.” The Association of Indian Universities is organizing this interaction between the HRD Minister and the VCs of the universities. The interaction can be accessed through the official Facebook page of the HRD ministry

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.