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Corona Virus Outbreak; Govt Postpones CBSE Exams, JEE Mains till April

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has ordered the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to postpone all exams till March 31 as a precautionary measure against the corona virus outbreak.

 JEE Mains, which was scheduled to be conducted from April 5-9, will get postponed to a later date. New dates will be decided after March 31. The MHRD order states that “Since JEE Mains may require travel by examinees to different towns and the dates may clash with rescheduled CBSE and other Board exams therefore, JEE Mains should be rescheduled and the new date of JEE Mains will be announced on 31.03.2020…,”

The communication says other educational institutes and examinations boards such as the UGC, AICTE, NTA, NIOS, and NCTE will postpone all examinations to April. “While maintenance of academic calendar and exam schedule is important, equally important is the safety and security of students, who are appearing in various examinations and also of their teachers and parents,” wrote HRD Secretary Amit Khare in an official communication addressed to these educational institutes.

The communication also said that all ongoing examinations might be rescheduled to after March 31. These examinations would include CBSE, NIOS and also all university examinations. As per the communication, evaluation work is also rescheduled to after March 31.

The MHRD has also asked all teachers and educational institutions to maintain effective communication with students and to try to resolve any queries that come from the students. The MHRD has emphasized that the students and their parents should not panic.

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