The Ministry of Human Resource development (MHRD) on Wednesday asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and other educational institutions to postpone the ongoing class 10, 12 board and the JEE Main engineering entrance examinations till March 31 in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
"While the maintenance of academic calendar and exam schedule is important, equally important is safety and security of students, who are appearing in various examinations as also of their teachers and parents," HRD Secretary Amit Khare said in an official communication.
"All ongoing examinations may be rescheduled after Marc 31. This would include CBSE, NIOS as also university exams. All evaluation work may be rescheduled after March 31," he said.
Stressing on JEE Mains, the HRD Secretary said: "Since JEE Mains may require travel by examinees to different towns and the dates may clash with rescheduled CBSE and other Board exams, therefore, JEE Mains should be rescheduled and the new date of JEE Mains will be announced on March 31 after re-assessment of situation."
"All ongoing CBSE examinations in India and abroad postponed till March 31 and will be rescheduled thereafter... after an assessment of the situation," CBSE Secretary Anurag Tripathi said.
A total of 151 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in India so far, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare confirmed. Three people have so far died of the infection in the country.
(With inputs from agencies)