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Civil services exams can’t be deferred further due to Covid-19 :UPSC told Supreme Court.

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The UPSC civil services exam scheduled on October 4 cannot be postponed over the coronavirus crisis, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) told the Supreme Court today. The top court was hearing a plea filed by UPSC aspirants, seeking postponement of upcoming Civil Services (prelims) Exam’ 20. The court today asked the UPSC to file its affidavit by tomorrow and will hear the case again on October 23.

The civil services exam scheduled on October 4 cannot be postponed over the coronavirus crisis, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) told the Supreme Court today. The top court was hearing a request seeking the postponement of civil services exam.

The court today asked the UPSC – the central recruiting agency for appointments to and exams for various civil services of the government – to file its affidavit by tomorrow and will hear the case again on October 23.

The exam, which was earlier scheduled on May 31, was rescheduled to October 4 due to the pandemic.

20 civil services aspirants had approached the Supreme Court, seeking for the crucial exam to be deferred by two to three months due to the flood situation in several parts of the country as well as COVID-19.

The aspirants said that the civil services exam, being a recruitment examination, is completely different from an academic examination and in the event of its postponement, there would not be any question of delay or loss of any academic session.

The petitioners said holding the exams at a such a time “is nothing else but putting lives of lakhs of young students (including petitioners herein) at utmost risk and danger of disease and death”.

One of the petitioners, the father of a candidate, told the court that his son is an officer with the government and that due to heavy work load because of Covid, he was unable to take leave and prepare for the exam, whereas the others managed to stay home and prepare well.

Several other important exams, including the NEET medical entrance exam and the JEE for admission to the IITs, which too were postponed due to COVID-19, have already been held.

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Good education and skill development are key steps towards Atmanirbhar Bharat: PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday highlighted the importance of education and self-confidence for transforming India into ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ in the upcoming years.  The PM was addressing the youth of the nation through virtual seminar.

PM Modi said that education and skill development will help the nation in becoming self-reliant. He also talked about how the National Education Policy will help the students of the country encourage the usage of regional languages in the nation.

The seminar conducted today was attended by PM Modi, where he discussed the steps taken during this year’s Budget for the education sector. The prime minister also talked about the importance of NEP and regional languages in our country.

While addressing the youth at the seminar, PM Modi said, “In the new National Education Policy, the use of the Indian languages has been encouraged. It is the responsibility of the experts of every language, how the best content of the world should be made available in Indian languages.”

During the event, Prime Minister Modi talked about the impact of educational policies, research activities, and skill development efforts undertaken by the government and educational institutions on the centre’s scheme named ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat’.

Yesterday, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal had tweeted, “Prime Minister will be addressing the inaugural session on ‘Harnessing Education, Research and Skill Development for an Atmanirbhar Bharat’ on March 3 at 10:30 am.”

The education minister will also address the valedictory ceremony of the event at 3:35 pm today, March 3. The speech will be available live on his social media handles and YouTube channel for the general public to watch.

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