The educational ministry asked all educational institutions including Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to postpone all exams till March 31 in view of coronavirus outbreak.
HRD secretary Amit Khare, in an official communication, said that the while maintenance of academic calendar and exam schedule was important, equally important was safety and security of students that were appearing in various exams as also of their teachers and parents.
The order applies to CBSE-affiliated schools that are conducting tests of 10 and 12 classes; National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) and all autonomous organisations under the education ministry.
But the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE) is allowed to conduct board exams for 10 and 12 classes.
The announcement of postponement of exams was made amid the increasing number of coronavirus cases in India. It was the latest in the curbs put across the country to contain spread of COVID-19.
Fresh coronavirus cases reported
There were only 14 coronavirus cases reported since Tuesday but what is more worrisome is that the Indian Army also reported a coronavirus case. The armed forces have decided to strengthen their measures to check spread of COVID-19.
The soldiers coming from home will be checked for flu-like symptoms. Also, non-essential leaves of soldiers including leaves for conferences are cancelled till further order. Meanwhile the Human Resource Development Ministry announced to hold e-classes on Swayam Prabha DTH channels for school students.