New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The government of Punjab on Thursday said that it has decided to declare summer vacations in its government schools, colleges, and universities from May 15 to June 15, reported news agency ANI. Currently the state is under the third phase of lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Higher education and Languages Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa has said that as per information received from schools and universities, nearly 80 per cent of the syllabus has been completed, as quoted by uniindia.com

He added that teachers are helping students in every possible way to finish the remaining syllabus.

He also said that the proposal sent by the concerned department for declaration of holidays has been approved by the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

The examinations of University and College students could be conducted from July 1. The next academic session would begin in September, as per a report from PTCnews.tv

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the teaching and learning activities in schools have been suspended in schools since March 23. 

As per a latest data by the Union Health Ministry, Punjab has recorded 1,516 cases with 27 deaths. A total of 135 patients have been cured.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Delhi govt had announced summer vacations in its government schools and government-aided schools from May 11 to June 30. 

The students of class 12 can utilise this time period to prepare for National Entrance Eligibility Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Exam (JEE Main), scheduled to be held on July 26 and between July 18-23 respectively. Similarly final year students of UG courses can prepare for entrance exams of PG courses. 

Meanwhile, the HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has said that no exams of class 10 will be conducted nationwide, except for students in the violence-hit Northeast Delhi. The datesheet for remaining papers of Class 12 will be announced soon.  

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