India Today 11/27/2020
Through a series of tweets, Union Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal, has hinted at the revision of the syllabus of several competitive exams conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) such as JEE Main and NEET 2021, among other things.
In his tweet, the education minister revealed that he has asked the Director-General of NTA to review the present situation caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and share a revised syllabus for the various competitive examinations.
In another tweet, Ramesh Pokhriyal stated that when it comes to the conduction of the board exams in 2021, feedback would be taken from students, parents, and teachers on how and when to conduct the examinations next year.
He further wrote, “A campaign will be launched by the Education Ministry of India to seek views from students, parents, and teachers on how and when to conduct their exams next year.”
A campaign will be launched by @eduminofindia to seek views from students, parents & teachers on how & when to conduct the exams next year.— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) November 26, 2020
Ramesh Pokhriyal has further directed UGC to ensure that all the scholarships, fellowships to be disbursed in time, and for this, UGC has set up helplines.
Further, plans to start engineering courses in mother tongue by next year at select IITs and NITs were also discussed. He shared that a few IITs and NITs are being shortlisted for the same.
During the meeting, I directed @ugc_india to ensure all scholarships, fellowships are disbursed in time & start a helpline for the same. I also directed them to address the grievances of students immediately.— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) November 26, 2020
As the competitive examination cycle for the academic year 2020-21 is coming to an end, the concerns over next year’s competitive exams are already on the rise due to the ongoing pandemic situation in the country.
The schools across the country were shut down in March this year due to the pandemic, which has pushed all the educational institutes to conduct all their classes online for the time being. Though the central government has given permission for the reopening of schools, many states are deciding against it.