On reviewing the academic session of educational institutions during the lockdown, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot adopted necessary steps on fees and curriculum. Chief Secretary Shri DB Gupta, Secretary Higher Education Smt Suchi Sharma, Commissioner College Education Shri Pradeep Borad and Secretary School Education Manju Rajpal were present in the conference held on April 9. The official directives are as follow-
Revocation of Advance Fees till Lockdown Continues
State schools are directed against taking advance fees of three months till the lockdown ends. Gehlot further added that students’ names should not be scrapped off on failing to deposit fees.
Promotion of Students Accepted of Class X and XII
All state schools are to mandatorily promote students except for class X and XII board exams. Gehlot has issued an urgent arrangement of e-learning by schools and colleges in the state. It should seamless dissemination of lectures previously hindered by COVID-19 lockdown.
8th Semester to be Conducted on Priority Basis
As jointly decided in the conference, summer recess will not be announced in school from April 15 unlike major Higher and Technical Education institutions. Furthermore, the decision to hold the 8th semester after lockdown was also announced at the conference. The mandate is applicable to institutions affiliated to Rajasthan Technical University.
Minister of State for Higher Education, Shri Bhanwar Singh Bhati, declared about the five-member committee framed by the higher education department to schedule university examinations. The committee is constituted of Vice-Chancellors of University of Rajasthan, Mohanlal Sukhadia University and Jai Narain Vyas University; Commissioner College Education and Secretary Higher Education.
In Rajasthan, the schools and colleges are scheduled to remain close till May 15 irrespective of government decision and until further notification. 51 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Rajasthan which spike the total number of confirmed cases to 749 according to latest statistics.