With PM’s announcement of 21-day lockdown from Tuesday midnight to battle the coronavirus pandemic, the HRD Ministry has sent a circular to NCERT (National Council of Education, Research and Training), UGC (University Grants Commission) and AICTE (All India Council of Technical Education) asking them to work on alternate academic calendar.
Private Secretary to HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, BVRC Purushottam confirmed saying, “We have sent a circular to all the states and autonomous bodies on the orders of Ministry of Home Affairs.”
Currently, most higher education institutions give a break in May after finishing exams by April. The new session begins between July and August. Once the order is out, it is yet to be seen how arrangements will be worked out.
Higher-Ed Officials are working from Home
A notice by MHA read, “While all autonomous bodies shall remain closed nearly for a period of three weeks, the officers would work from home.”