The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to waive off the examination and registration fee for students who have unfortunately lost their parents due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As per an official statement by the CBSE, “The schools, while submitting the list of candidates for Class 10 and 12 examinations (for board exams 2022 – term 1), will provide the details of these students after verifying the genuineness (of their case).”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the country adversely and keeping in view its impact on students, CBSE, as a special measure for the academic session 2021-22, has decided that neither the examination fees nor the registration fees will be charged by the Board from the students who have lost both parents or surviving parent or legal guardian or adoptive parents due to COVID-19 pandemic,” said CBSE Examination Controller Sanyam Bhardwaj in the released statement.
Similar Recent Initiatives
Due the tragic magnitude of the pandemic in India, hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives across the country. As a result, many educational government and private bodies came to the aid of students. Delhi University (DU), in July of 2021, wrote to its colleges to conduct a survey of the parents who lost one or both of their parents to coronavirus with an intention to provide a full fee waiver to them.
Recently, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India or ICAI also exempted the students who lost their parents to COVID-19 from paying the CA course fees. This relief is applicable for those CA aspirants who have applied for the ICAI CA course between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2023.
Some private universities like the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) also recently announced that the students who lost their sole earning parent during the course of the program will have their fees refunded. MAHE announced a similar initiative for its undergraduate and postgraduate students in June 2021 as well.