New Delhi: Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a 21-day lockdown across the country, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has decided to revise the academic calendar for schools and colleges this year.
The HRD Ministry sent a circular to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), asking them to draft an alternate academic calendar.
The circular also stated that MHRD and all its autonomous bodies will remain closed for three weeks, while the officers would work from home.
Traditionally, CBSE schools begin their new sessions in the first week of April. However, this year schools cannot reopen in the first week of April due to the lockdown in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Modi government has also asked CBSE, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), and the National Testing Agency (NTA) to reschedule the entrance exams. Till now, only the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) date has been rescheduled.