Education Ministry Says No to Declare 2020-21 as Zero Academic Year

The Union Ministry of Education will not declare the current academic year 2020-21 as a ‘zero academic year’ despite the rapid outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. During a Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting on Human Resource Development organized on Monday, the Ministry of Education ruled out the possibility of announcing a ‘zero academic year’.

Education Ministry Says No to Declare 2020-21 as Zero Academic Year

The MPs have raised a few questions regarding the admission process across various universities, holding classes, and exams during the meeting. Amit Khare, the Secretary of Higher Education answered all their queries and said that the new batch of students would probably take part in the classes by November or December 2020. The regular classes and the exams for the students who have registered earlier would be organized soon, said Amit Khare.

If the Union Ministry of Education declares this year as a zero academic year then, no academic activities will be carried out like conducting classes and holding examinations. Further, the Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank took part in a webinar to tell his decision on the reopening of schools and colleges in physical mode. He said that the physical reopening of various educational institutions may probably start within 10 to 15 days post discussing with corresponding educational institutions, state governments, health, and home ministries.

Vinay P. Sahasrabuddhe, BJP MP chaired a committee meeting on ‘Preparedness of School, Higher and Technical Education sectors during COVID-19 pandemic.’ Less than 20 MPs including the Chairman of University Grants Commission, DP Singh, and Anita Karwal, the Secretary of School Education took part in the meeting organized recently.

A survey was conducted between the schools affiliated to CBSE alongside the Navodaya Vidyalayas and Kendriya Vidyalayas. The survey states that about 60 percent of students from classes 1 to 12 could access online sessions. About 30 percent of the students could access classes via other sources such as TV channels and community radio. Only 10 percent of students don’t have access to any of the resources, the survey stated.

One of the members during the meeting said, ‘Mr. Khare told us that the government will not allow a zero academic year, where there will be no instruction and no examination. This is appreciable.’ However, the education minister said that they will take the necessary decision post considering the opinions of higher officials from health and home ministry, states, and other educational institutions. Get to know the latest updates about education news like reopening schools, holding postponed exams, and more on this website.

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