The delay in CBSE board exams by nearly three months can have a cascading effect on the higher education calendar in 2021, including those for IITs, and is also likely to affect students’ study abroad options. Indians.
The government-controlled CBSE union has announced that the board exams for classes 10 and 12 will be held from May 4 to June 10 and the results will be declared before July 15. This was done to accommodate learning loss in 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19 on schools that have been closed since mid-March.
The central board’s decision is likely to be considered by other state boards as well, as there is growing demand across states to delay board examinations this year. This will effectively disrupt the 2021 academic calendar, as universities, engineering schools, and other institutions of higher education will need to adapt to a new line of talent.
For example, in the 2018-19 academic year, the University of Delhi issued the first admission limit to undergraduate courses on June 19 after completing the initial admission process. But this year, results from CBSE and some state board exams are not likely by mid-July.
In the 2018-19 academic year, the IITs had announced the JEE Advanced results on June 10, 2018 after completing the JEE Main and the subsequent admissions process for the JEE Advanced exam.
While India’s higher education sector will have to adapt to changes, the plans of students aspiring to study abroad at UG level will be affected as admissions in several key countries take place much earlier, although their semesters start late.
As India is a key home destination for foreign students, the disruptions will also have an impact on foreign universities. For example, India is the number two destination after China from where American universities get their students. According to official data, at least 193,124 Indian students were studying in American universities. Countries like Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand and others also get a considerable number of foreign students from India.