COVID-19 forces Assam to change current academic calendar

As educational institutions in Assam have been closed since March 15 due to COVID-19 pandemic, the state government on June 29 decided to extend the current academic year of schools to March 31, 2021.

A cabinet meeting of the state, chaired by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, took the decision to change the academic calendar.

Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, sharing further details, said the decision has been taken to compensate the loss of academic days, after due consultation with stakeholders.

“The academic session of the current academic session shall be up to March 31, 2021. The academic calendar of each class shall be decided by the concerned academic authorities after proper consultation keeping in view the local climate and other factors,” he said.

The minister further said as of now, there is no decision on whether the change in the academic calendar will be permanent or temporary one.

The schools under the state board have their academic sessions from January to December.

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