The Central Seat Allocation Board has decided to relax the eligibility criterion for admissions to NITs and other CFTIs due to the prevailing COVID-19 circumstances.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, the eligibility criterion for admissions in National Institute of Technology (NITs) and other centrally-funded technical institutions (CFTIs) has been relaxed.
The Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) has decided to relax the eligibility criterion for admissions to NITs and other CFTIs due to the prevailing COVID-19 circumstances, Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said in a tweet on Thursday.
Apart from qualifying JEE Main examination, one needs at least 75% marks in XII Board examinations or rank among the top 20 percentile in qualifying examinations to get admissions in NITs and other centrally-funded technical institutions.
But for this year admissions, the board has decided to do away with the requirement of minimum 75 per cent marks in Class XII board exams. “JEE Main 2020 qualified candidates will now only need to obtain a passing certificate in class XII examination irrespective of the marks obtained,” the minister said in his tweet.
This year, the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Mains will be held from September 1-6. The exam has been postponed twice due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country and the consequent lockdown, the government had decided to close schools, colleges and other educational institutes since March. Many examinations for admissions to different educational institutes couldn’t be held. Many states are re-imposing lockdowns in the view of increasing coronavirus infections.
India is the third most affected country in terms of coronavirus outbreak. As of July 23, the country has reported 1,238,635 coronavirus infections and 29,861 fatalities linked to COVID-19 complications. As many as 782,607 patients have been recovered/discharged from the hospitals. The US is the worst affected nation, followed by Brazil.