Last updated: 19 Mar 2020
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On Wednesday, the Union government ordered the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and all higher education institutions run by private management, the Centre, or State governments to postpone the ongoing board examinations for 10 days due to the COVID- 19 outbreak in the country. The CBSE Board examinations that were scheduled from 19th March to 31st March 2020 have been postponed until further notice.
The re-examinations for students in Northeast Delhi who were affected by the recent riots have also been postponed.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) has put Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) – Main, which was scheduled to be held from 5 th April to 9 th April 2020 on hold until further notice. The new date of the examination will be announced on 31 st March 2020.
The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Indian School Certificate (ISC) Board has also postponed the Classes X and XII examinations between 19th March and 31st March 2020 until further notice due to the COVID-19 threat. The revised dates for the remaining papers will be announced once the current situation improves.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has also requested the State governments to reschedule or postpone the ongoing state board examinations for Classes X and XII students; and other schools, institutes, and universities to cancel scheduled examinations and entrance examinations till 31 st March 2020.
The Union government also ordered the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and all higher education institutions run by private management, the Centre, or State governments to postpone the ongoing board examinations for 10 days due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. The examinations have been postponed until further notice.
The new coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China that occurred on 31st December 2019 has spread to more than 50 other countries around the world. The WHO has declared the outbreak as a major “pandemic” of global concern as it has infected more than 2,19,240 people globally and resulted in the death of more than 8,900 people.
This order has come due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 infection being reported from India. At present, the Union Health Ministry has reported that the total number of reported cases stands at nearly 173 with three COVID-19 related deaths.