The World Health Organisation executive director Michael Ryan said that India had “tremendous capacity” to deal with the coronavirus outbreak and, as the second most populous country, will have enormous impact on the world’s ability to deal with it. Other commentators worried about the economic devastation caused by the lockdown, which has huge effects on migrant labourers, informal workers, micro and small enterprises, farmers and the self-employed, who are left with no livelihood in the absence of transportation and access to markets.
On 16 March, the union government declared a countrywide lock-down of schools and colleges. On 18 March, CBSE released revised guidelines for examination centres. This includes maintaining a distance of at least 1 meter between the students taking the exam with a class not having more than 24 students. If the rooms of the examination centers are small, divide the students and make them sit in different rooms. On 19 March, CBSE and JEE main examinations were postponed till 31 March.
On 20 March, Maharashtra government cancelled examinations for class 1 to 8 and promoted the students to the next classes, whereas examinations for class 9 and 11 were postponed till 15 April. Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education postponed board exams for class 10 and 12 and asked school principals to promote or detain students of class 5 to 8 based on their performance in previous terms. Board exams of class 10 and 12 were postponed in Kerala. Assam government cancelled all exams till 31 March. UPSC has also postponed the interview for the Civil Services Examination 2019 to be held from 23 March to 3 April. The SSC exams in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry were postponed to 15 April.
In view of coronavirus outbreak Delhi University School of Open Learning took the decision to postpone exams. Earlier SOL exams 2020 for BA & BCom annual mode were scheduled to be held from first week of April. Taking a precautionary step DU SOL on March 28 postponed officially BA BCom Annual exams. BCom Annual Part 1,2 was scheduled to held from April 4 while the BA annual mode exam was scheduled from April 5, 2020.
Delhi University, Open Learning mode SOL April 2020 schedules BA, BCom Annual exams are postponed due to COVID19 outbreak. SOL new date sheet 2020 is likely to be revised shortly, as report suggested. Students who had to appear in SOL DU annual exams 2020 for BA / BCOM First/ Second / Final years in April, are intimated on Postpone notice.
The revised datesheet for both the examinations will be notified in the due course of time. Candidates are advised to keep checking the official website of DUSOL for regular updates.
An official notice uploaded on the official website of DUSOL reads, “ In accordance with the office order No. F.No. Estab.II(i)/330/COVID-19/M/2020 dated 19.03.2020, the Examination of B .Com. (Annual Mode) scheduled to be held from 4th April, 2020 and B.A. (Prog.) (Annual Mode) scheduled to be held from 5th April, 2020 stands withdrawn. The date-sheet for both the above Examination will be notified later. All concerned are requested to please stay connected through website for latest updates.”