Currently, India is possibly seeing a third-wave of Covid and it is anticipated that just like last year, India might see curfews and lockdowns. Few states have already started imposing weekend lockdowns. Along with lockdown and curfews, Indian students can also expect cancellation and postponement of different exams too.
The exams that are scheduled to take place in January to February 2022 include state board exams like MP Board Exam and UP Board Exam along with other competitive exams like GATE 2022, UPTET 2021, and UPSC Mains Exams that is a gateway to prestigious Government Jobs. Last year, too many exams were canceled and new ways of assessment were brought into action for evaluation for both board exams and Sarkari Result. According to a few reports, many private schools have already been directed to upload the marks of half-yearly and pre-board examinations, in case the exams are canceled due to Covid.
Even though the number of Covid cases is rising in Tamil Nadu, the Tamil Nadu Public Commission decided to hold the examinations as planned on 8th and 9th January. It needs to be noted that the Tamil Nadu government has already announced a night curfew in the state along with a full lockdown on Sunday. For traveling due to examination purposes, if asked the candidates need to show their hall tickets or interview letters to the police. According to a recent official statement, students can still appear for the competitive examinations and in addition to that, the students of classes 10, 11, and 12 can attend the examinations and classes. However, all colleges except for medical and paramedical colleges will stay shut till January 20.
In Haryana, all the colleges and universities will remain shut for the next few days. However, the staff is required to attend the colleges and universities as before and the students can engage in online classes as per the timeline. Principal Secretary of Higher Education further stated that the entrance exams and recruitment exams will be continued as planned in the universities while practicing Covid appropriate norms and social distancing.
Also, the Delhi High Court recently said that the UPSC Mains 2021 examinations will not be postponed even though the candidates have filed pleas for postponement. The UPSC Mains 2021 examination is scheduled to be conducted from 7th January 2022 to 16th January 2022. While ruling the same, the Delhi High Court said that all the states and Union Territories need to ensure that the candidates appearing for the examination should not face any hassle while traveling to and from the examination centers. Further, it was suggested that the e-admit cards of the students can work as a movement pass during the examination days.
According to the latest report, the KVPY Aptitude Test 2021 which was supposed to take place on January 9, 2022, has been postponed. The examination is canceled due to rising COVID cases across the country along with different restrictions and weekend curfews in many states according to the official website.
In Maharashtra, the government asked the colleges and universities to discontinue physical classes till 15th February. Further, all the examinations will take place online again last year. Just like many other states, even the number of Covid cases in Maharashtra has spiked.
In Delhi, The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has decided to postpone the December 2021 end-term examination. The examination of the same was scheduled to take place from January 20 to February 23. Even though the examination has been postponed no new date has been provided and the students are being advised to keep on checking the official website for updated information on the same. In addition to that, the dates for submission of project reports, assignments, internship, dissertation, and fieldwork journals have been extended.
The All-India Olympiad examinations conducted by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education have also been postponed and a new date for the examination will be decided on January 23. The decision for the same was made owing to rising cases of Covid across the country and the closure of educational institutions along with travel restrictions announced by different state governments.
With rising Covid cases with each passing day, students can expect a few more postponements or cancellations of examinations. However, not all the examinations will face cancellation or postponement and will be held as planned.
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