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The paper has devised a mathematical model recommending a blend of offline and online learning. As per the model, following social distancing norms, a school can operate in three shifts—7 am to 11 am, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, and 4 pm to 7:30 pm. It also suggests that students be divided into three groups—class 1 to 4, class 5 to 8, and class 9 to 12.
With the nationwide lockdown still in effect, the normal school year in the country has taken a major hit, almost 30 crore students are affected by closures, in India alone.
The HRD ministry has already announced that students will appear for exams at schools in which they are enrolled rather than external examination centres. According to home ministry guidelines, there will be no exam centre in COVID-19 containment zones.
“The (Covid-19) crisis has only enhanced the requirement for such an online programme,” said Das. Learners could create their own “portfolio” of courses from various institutes and in future, a bunch of such certificate courses may even be considered to lead to a degree.
"While the exams for class 12 students will be held from July 2 to 12, class 10 students will appear for exams from July 1 to 14. It will be mandatory for candidates to carry their sanitiser bottles and wear masks while gloves will be optional," said Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive and Secretary, CISCE.
Chief guest, Union minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Communications and Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, will give the keynote address. The valedictory address will be delivered by Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE.
However, one of the two degrees will have to be pursued through regular mode and the other has to be through online distance learning (ODL). "The proposal was approved in the recent commission meeting for simultaneous dual degrees for students in India, allowing students to complete courses in the same or different streams at the same time," UGC Secretary said.
"Taking into consideration the academic interest of a large number of students, it has been decided to grant exemption from lockdown measures to conduct board examination for classes 10th and 12th, with few conditions like social distancing, face mask etc, for their safety," Shah tweeted.
With a large chunk of India Inc expected to continue working from home for the foreseeable future, professionals are turning to online learning to become proficient in adjusting to changes in the work environment, exploring virtual communication tools, and remotely managing teams, say experts across LinkedIn, Udacity, Udemy, and upGrad.
The Ministry is also planning to declare the board exam results by July-end and evaluation process has already begun for exams which were conducted before the lockdown was announced.
Students whose plans to study abroad have been affected due to COVID-19 will get a fresh chance to apply for JEE-Mains, the entrance exam for engineering colleges, the HRD Minister announced.
Universities have also extended their deadlines for receiving applications in round four; some have even introduced a fifth round to fill class capacity. Many have announced acceptance of applications on a rolling basis and quite a few have decided to waive off application fee.
The survey shows a cautious optimism towards future opportunities, based on the responses from 2,323 participants. Indian professionals are increasing their time spent on online learning as a response to remote working, a shrinking job market, the need for upskilling, and the need to stay mindful through these challenging times.
"The university shall remain closed for a further period of two weeks with effect from May 18 for containment of COVID-19 pandemic. Further, all the employees are requested to install Aarogya Setu app in their compatible mobile phones," the order said.
The board has informed that students will have to follow the physical-distancing norms and the parents have to make sure that their ward is not sick.
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