National Testing Agency defers JEE-Main exam amid Coronavirus pandemic

Sukirti Mishra 19/03/2020 11:33:53

Lucknow. In the wake of the Novel Coronavirus cases crossing the 160 mark in India, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to postpone all exams in India and abroad that were scheduled from 19 to 31 March. CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi asserted, "All ongoing CBSE examinations in India and abroad postponed till 31 March and will be rescheduled thereafter... after an assessment of the situation."


Anurag Tripathi also mentioned "All ongoing evaluation work will be suspended during the period." On the other hand, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has deferred the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE-Main) conducted for admission to IITs and engineering colleges, amid coronavirus oubreak. The exam was previously scheduled from April 5-11. According to a senior NTA official, "The JEE-Main exam has been postponed. The new date will be decided in accordance with the board exams schedule and other competitive exams to ensure there is no clash."


The total number of active coronavirus cases in India has crossed 160 on Thursday, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 141 Indian nationals and 25 foreign nationals have tested positive for COVID-19 disease. As per  government figures, 15 people have been cured/discharged. 3 people have died due to coronavirus infection in the country.
Meanwhile, the Indian Railways have cancelled 168 trains due to low occupancy after Coronavirus pandemic. The Railways informed on Thursday that the trains will remain suspended from March 20 to March 31.




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