There is an air of uncertainty surrounding the conduct of JEE Advanced exam and commencement of classes for the academic year in the IITs and NITs. The entrance exams which were supposed to held in April and May got postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown and its extension. Reports claim that JEE Advanced 2020 is likely to be held on July 12, 2020. Aligning with the date of JEE Advanced 2020, commencement of the new academic year at the IITs and NITs is likely to be delayed.
In an interview with the Education Times, organising chairman of JEE Advanced 2020, Siddharth Pandey, was quoted saying that, since JEE Advanced is dependent on JEE Main, it would require a buffer period of 2-3 weeks to conduct JEE Advanced 2020. Efforts are being taken to conduct JEE Main on June 20-22, 2020 and the JEE Advanced exam is likely to be conducted on July 12, 2020. He added that the institutes are not ready with an academic calendar and hence the new session might be delayed and pushed to September. It will be more challenging once the seat allocation and counselling process begins after the rank lists are released.
NV Ramana Rao, director, National Institute of Technology (NIT Warrangal) stated that foreign students have been notified to arrive a month early, to complete their quarantine period before joining the institutes. Students will be asked to follow social distancing, even after lifting of lockdown. The batch sizes will remain the same but the class sizes will be reduced.
NV Ramana Rao, who is also a member of CSAB added that the institutes will deal effectively to cope up with lost classes by conducting online classes and extra classes on Saturdays. He also predicted that the pattern of teaching, learning and evaluation is likely to undergo a change, post-lifting of lockdown.