#Promote_All_IGNOU_Students Twitter Trend

A hash-tag – #Promote_All_IGNOU_Students has been trending on Twitter after news from HRD Ministry to promote 1st & 2nd year students without conducting exams.



Recently, there has been a news that the HRD Ministry has asked the universities to look into the possibility of promoting students to the next year without conducting exams, based on some previous internal assessments & assignments. This is not recommended for the students in the final year of their curriculum, however.



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Do you think IGNOU students should be promoted without conducting Exams on the basis of assignments?
Do you think IGNOU students should be promoted without conducting Exams on the basis of assignments?
Do you think IGNOU students should be promoted without conducting Exams on the basis of assignments?

This has been advised in the wake of the ongoing Corona Virus CoViD-19 scare. The CoViD 19 has already led to all universities postponing their term end exams.



In light of the above, a hash-tag – #Promote_All_IGNOU_Students has been trending on Twitter.

#Promote_All_IGNOU_Students
#Promote_All_IGNOU_Students

Students seem to be requesting the authorities at IGNOU & the HRD Ministry to cancel the upcoming term end exams due to the pandemic situation & promote everyone, including the final year students.

The request, that seems common in all the tweets, is based on the argument that it is highly dangerous for students to step out to exam centers due to the disease spreading far & wide by the day. Moreover, students feel it might be tedious to reach exam centers in absence/scarcity of public transport facilities.

Another common factor in most of the tweets includes reference to Israel reopening schools which caused 250 fresh cases of CoViD-19 among the school kids.

Let’s look at some of the tweets:























While the fear of the pandemic among the students & their parents is totally rational, how justified would it be to simply promote all the students without any form of proper assessment? Moreover, promoting the final year students – how justified is that for them & for the employers employing them on the basis of their qualifications & degrees? Let’s give this a thought….

It is for no one to guess that CoViD 19 cases are on a steep rise in India & the virus is spreading like wildfire. It only makes sense to avoid stepping out in public places, especially where there is expected to be a huge crowd. Examination centers are one such crowded place.



Moreover, given that IGNOU is the largest university in the world, with lacs of students enrolled for various courses & curriculum, conducting examinations by any alternate means, like online etc., is a very tough job to implement for the university. At the same time, it is equally tough for the students to adapt to this sudden & drastic change in the examination pattern.

Hence, the call for promoting students in the 1st & 2nd year of their curriculum seems totally justified. These students still have another year(s) to study & get proper assessment of their knowledge & skills, before they step out to the real world & look for employment based on the same skills



However, the case may not be so for the final year students. These students, once promoted, will be out of the formal education curriculum, at least for the current curriculum, & look for employment means or further education opportunities. In such a scenario, how appropriate would it be for them to be screened based on just their assignment submissions. That too when the same assignments can be easily bought for pennies & submitted without any actual study or knowledge gain.

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Can there be no other alternates for assessments of the final year students, like postponing the exams till situation gets better or some easy way of online exams?



In the current scenario, new admissions are as hard to be conducted as is getting new employment opportunities due to the dwindling economy. It is hard to say if the delay in assessments for final year students would result in an year loss situation. In fact, new admissions can be started by the universities right after final year examinations are conducted across universities, probably shifting the academic year from April – March to a totally new period.

While there is no official word from IGNOU authorities on the notification from the HRD ministry or about their decision to promote the students with or without the term end examinations, only thing that one can do right now is hope for the best decision &, till the time that decision is reached & announced, – STUDY!

Do you support this call to Promote_All_IGNOU_Students? What is YOUR opinion on this matter? Do leave your comments & suggestions below.

Delhi may open liquor shops during Lockdown

With the ongoing lockdown, due to the coronavirus disease (CoViD-19) pandemic, in the country & the resulting economic turmoil, the Delhi government is looking at the possibility of opening liquor shops in the city during the lockdown period, as per a ToI report. The Arvind kejriwal-led AAP govt has asked the excise department to submit a report, suggesting measures to be taken so that it doesn’t affect the lockdown.

With the ongoing lockdown, due to the coronavirus disease (CoViD-19) pandemic, in the country & the resulting economic turmoil, the Delhi government is looking at the possibility of opening liquor shops in the city during the lockdown period, as per a ToI report. The Arvind kejriwal-led AAP govt has asked the excise department to submit a report, suggesting measures to be taken so that it doesn’t affect the lockdown.

Delhi has over 860 liquor shops that have been closed since March 25, 2020, when the nationwide lockdown started. According to the report, Delhi Goverment earns Rs.5,000 crore from sales of liquor each year. Closing of liquor shops for a month can lead to a huge revenue loss. Also, the closure may lead to a rise in the sales of illicit liquor.

As per the reoprt, the Delhi government does not need Center’s approval for opening liquor shops as the alcoholic beverages fall under the category of Food, which is exempted under national lockdown. Social distancing will be must if booze shops open.

Delhi has, till now, reported over 1550 positive cases of corona virus disease (CoViD-19), second highest after Maharashtra which has over 2650 cases. The capital has had 30 deaths due to the virus.

The CIABC (Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies) had, earlier, requested 10 states to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages stating that the ban during the Corona Virus Disease (CoViD-19) lockdown has resulted in the sale of illicit and spurious liquor while causing burden on exchequer.

In a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal & the chief ministers of 9 more states – Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, CIABC Director General Vinod Giri pointed out that there was a growth in the sale of illicit liquor in Delhi, which can cause health hazards.

“The liquor shops can be allowed to be opened during a fixed time provided that the licensees ensure that social distancing is strictly maintained and all guidelines of the health department to check the spread of coronavirus are followed,” said sources.

As per some other reoprts, CIABC has also urged the central and state governments to allow for home delivery of alcoholic beverages as India has extended the lockdown period. CIABC has suggested that a mobile app can be made to facilitate home delivery of alcoholic beverages. Liquor shops can then enrol themselves to sell alcohol through online app. The apex body has also suggested that governments can charge some small amount of fee on the delivery of alcoholic beverages.

CIABC said recognising threats to public health as well as law and order, some state governments are taking measures regarding relaxation of the shutdown orders for alcoholic beverage shops. Some states are also looking into possibility of home delivery of liquor in special cases.

Liquor shops have already been reopened in Assam and Meghalaya. In Assam, the shops are being opened for seven hours daily while liquor shops in Meghalaya are remaining open from 9 am to 4 pm.
Kerala was the first state which tried to make alcohol availability esay during the lockdown. A decision to home-deliver alcohol prescribed by doctors was later slammed by Kerala High Court and hence struck down, earlier in the April.

Details of All State and National funds in India accepting donations for Corona Virus Disease Covid-19 Relief Funds

Here are the details of the Corona Virus Disease Covid-19 Relief Funds and Chief Minister Relief Funds setup by various states & central government in India.

The Corona Virus Disease Covid-19 has spread across multiple countries and infected thousands of people, causing deaths of a large number of people. In the wake of the recent outbreak of the Corona Virus Disease Covid-19 in India, the governments at the Central and state levels have announced several relief measures to support the citizens in the tough times.

The financial pressure to manage this crisis situation is extremely large and all the Indian Governments, including state governments & central government, have either setup dedicated Corona Virus Disease Covid-19 Relief Funds to accept donations or are accepting donations in the existing Chief Minister’s Relief fund.

Here are the details of the Corona Virus Disease Covid-19 Relief Funds and Chief Minister Relief Funds setup by various states & central government in India.

Details of PM CARES Fund (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund)
Visit the website pmindia.gov.in and donate to PM CARES Fund using following details:
Name of the Account: PM CARES
Account Number: 2121PM20202
IFSC Code: SBIN0000691
SWIFT Code: SBININBB104
Name of Bank & Branch: State Bank of India, New Delhi Main Branch
UPI ID: pmcares@sbi


Details of Prime Minister's National Relief Fund
Contributions towards PMNRF can be made:-
At Prime Minister's Office, South Block, in cash and through postal order, cheque or demand draft drawn in favour of the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund and through BHIM App/UPI (VPA: pmnrf@centralbank) .
Contributions can also be sent to Prime Minister's Office, South Block, New Delhi via post/money order from any of the Post Offices, without any charges.
Contributions can also be made online through the collection banks portals and through portal of PMO i.e. pmindia.gov.in.
Through cash, cheque or demand draft drawn in favour of the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund deposited with any of the branches of the 26 designated Collection Banks of the PMNRF, mentioning donor details in the challan to be provided by the concerned bank/ branch.
No charges will be levied by the network providers' viz. American Express, Diners Club International, Master Card, NPCI and VISA on the contributions being made through debit / credit cards.


Details of Delhi CM Relief Fund
State - Delhi
Account Number: 91042150000237
Bank: Syndicate Bank, Delhi, Secretariat Branch
IFSC Code: SYNB0009104


Details of Chief Minister Relief Fund, Andhra Pradesh
State - Andhra Pradesh
Bank: Andhra Bank, Vijayawada
Account Number 1: 110310100029039
IFSC Code: ANDB0003079
Branch: Velagapudi Secretariat Branch
Bank: State Bank Of India, Vijayawada
Account Number 2: 38588079208
IFSC Code: SBIN0018884
Branch: Velagapudi Secretariat Branch


Details of Chief Minister's Relief Fund
State- Arunachal Pradesh
Bank: State Bank of India
Account Number: 10940061389
IFSC Code: SBIN0006091


Details of Assam Arogya Nidhi
State - Assam
Account Name: Assam Arogya Nidhi
Acount Number: 32124810101
IFSC: SBIN0010755


Details of Chief Minister's Bihar Relief Fund
State - Bihar
Account Number: 2065104000002257
IFSC: IBKL0002065
Bank: IDBI
Branch: Kidwaipuri, Patna


Details of CM's Relief Fund for Corona
State - Chhattisgarh
A/c No.: 30198873179
IFSC Code: SBIN0004286


Details of CM's Covid Relief Fund
State - Goa
Name of account: GOA STATE COVID-19 RELIEF ACCOUNT
Bank: SBI
Account Number: 39235546238
Branch Details: Vidhan Bhawan, Panaji
IFSC Code: SBIN0010719
MICR Code: 403002058
Address of the bank: New Assembly Complex, Panaji, Goa, 401001


Details of Himachal Pradesh Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund
State - Himachal Pradesh
Name of Account: HP COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
Account Number: 50100340267282
IFSC Code: HDFC0004116
Bank Name: HDFC Bank ltd
Address: Chotta Shimla


Details of J & K Relief Fund
Union Territory - Jammu and Kashmir
Account Number: 0110010100000016Bank Name: J& K Bank
Branch: Moving Secretariat
IFSC Code: JAKA0MOVING
MICR Code: 190051062
Demand Draft/Bank Draft: J & K Relief Fund


Details of Chief Minister Relief Fund
State - Jharkhand
Bank: SBI
Branch: Ranchi
Account Number: 11049021058
IFSC Code: SBIN0000167


Details of Chief Minister Relief Fund Covid-19
State - Karnataka
Bank Name: State Bank of India (SBI)
Branch: Vidhana Soudha
Account Number: 39234923151
IFSC Code: SBIN0040277
MICR No.: 560002419
Cheques/DDs may be posted to: #235/A, 2nd Floor, CMRF Section, Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore-560001


Details of Government of Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund
State - Kerala
Details for multiple accounts are available at https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in/#donation


Details of Chief Minister's Relief Fund- COVID 19
State - Maharashtra
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: Main Branch, Fort, Mumbai - 400023
Account Number: 39239591720
IFSC code: SBIN0000300
Branch Code: 00300


Details of Bihar Foundation (Helping migrant labourers in Mumbai)
State - Maharashtra
Name: BIHAR FOUNDATION MUMBAI
Bank: CORPORATION BANK
A/C No.: 520101021285507
IFSC: CORP0000601


Details of Chief Minister's Covid-19 Relief Fund
State - Manipur
Account Name: Chief Minister's COVID-19 Relief Fund
Bank Name: Manipur State Co-operative Bank Limited
Account Number: 70600875695
IFSC Code: YESB0MSCB01
MICR Code: 795808002


Details of Meghalaya CM's Relief Fund
State - Meghalaya
Account Number 1: 38617186405
IFSC: SBIN0006320
Bank: SBI
Branch: Meghalaya Secretariat

Account Number 2: 500100307530750
IFSC: HDFC0002934
Bank: HDFC Bank
Branch: Laitumkhrah
Chief Minister's Relief Fund
State- Mizoram
Bank: HDFC
Branch: Aizawl
Account Number: 18141450000025
IFSC Code: HDFC0001814


Details of Details of Chief Minister's Relief Fund
State- Nagaland
Account Number: 10530527879
IFSC Code: SBIN0000214
Bank: SBI
Branch: Kohima


Details of Chief Minister Relief Fund (For-Covid 19)
State - Odisha
Account Number: 39235504967
IFSC: SBIN0010236
Bank Name: State Bank Of India


Details of Punjab Chief Minister Relief Fund - Covid 19
State - Punjab
Account number: 50100333026124
Account Type: Saving
IFSC Code: HDFC0000213
Swift code: HDFCINBB
Branch code: 0213
Branch Name: Chandigarh, Sector 17-C


Details of Rajasthan CMRF Covid-19 Mitigation Fund
State - Rajasthan
Account Number: 39233225397
Address: State Bank of India, Secretariat Branch, Jaipur
BSR Code: 0028331
IFSC Code: SBIN 0031031


Details of Government of Tamil Nadu CM's Public Relief Fund (CMPRF)
State - Tamil Nadu
Bank: Indian Overseas Bank
Branch: Secretariat Branch, Chennai 600 009
Account Number: 11720 10000 00070
IFSC Code: IOBA0001172


Details of Telangana Chief Minister Relief Fund
State - Telangana
To Donate to CM Relief Fund, please send a Cheque on the name of "CM Relief Fund, Telangana State", to the following address:
CM Relief Fund,
Revenue (CMRF) Department
3rd Floor, D Block
Telangana Secretariat Hyderabad, 500022


Details of Chief Minister's Relief Fund- Tripura
State- Tripura
Account Number: 37939987790
IFSC Code: SBIN0016355
Address: New Secretariat Branch (16355)



Details of Chief Minister Relief Fund (Covid19)
State- Madhya Pradesh
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: Vallabh Bhawan
Account Number: 10078152483
IFSC: SBIN0001056


Details of Haryana Corona Relief Fund
State - Haryana
Account Number: 39234755902
IFSC: SBIN0001509
Address: SBI, Sector - 10, Panchkula


Details of Mukhya Mantri Rahat Kosh Uttarakhand
State - Uttarakhand
Account Number: 30395954328
IFSC Code: SBIN0010164


Details of West Bengal State Emergency Relief Fund
State - West Bengal
Bank: ICICI Bank Ltd.
Branch: Howrah
Account Number: 628005501339
IFSC Code: ICIC0006280
MICR Code: 700229010


Details of Chief Minister's Relief Fund
State-Gujarat
Account Name: CHIEF MINISTER'S RELIEF FUND
Account Number: 10354901554
Bank & Branch: SBI, NSC BRANCH (08434)
IFSC: SBIN0008434


Details of Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund
State- Uttar Pradesh
Bank Name: Central Bank of India
Branch Name: C.B.I. Cantt. Road, Lucknow
Account Number: 1378820696
IFSC: CBIN0281571

These are the details of the Corona Virus Disease Covid-19 Relief Funds and Chief Minister Relief Funds setup by various states & central government in India.

We request everyone to kindly donate to any of these Corona Virus Disease Covid-19 Relief Funds and Chief Minister Relief Funds as per their will and capacity. We have donated too..