The Assam Cabinet at a meeting on Monday decided to revise the academic session of the schools from January-December to April-March.
The decision has been taken in view of the disruptions due to COVID19 pandemic and to align the academic year with rest of the country.
The meeting of the Council of Ministers, chaired by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, was also attended by education and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Informing about the Cabinet’s decision, education minister Sarma said in a tweet: “In view of disruptions due to #CoVID19 and to align the academic year with rest of the country, the CoM has decided to change the academic year of Assam from Jan-Dec to April-March.”
1/2 Due to Covid -19 pandemic educational Institutions are closed from 15th https://t.co/jtKyRRcIqU order to compensate the loss of academic days, after due consultation with stake holders,Cabinet has decided to revise the Academic session of schools from 1st April to 31st March
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) June 29, 2020
The education minister said: “The academic session of the current academic session shall be up to March 31, 2021.”
The Academic Calendar of each class shall be decided by the concerning academic authorities after proper consultation keeping in view the local climate and other factors, he added.
The State Cabinet also approved allocation of the 15th Finance Commission grant.
The 15th Finance Commission allocated grant of 70% for Gaon Panchayat, 15% for Anchalik Panchayat and 15% for Zila Parishads.
In order to boost inter-state and international trade through Assam, the Cabinet approved use of 200 acres of Ashok Paper Mill land at Jogighopa for the International Multi Modal Logistic Park.
In a major decision to boost Atma Nirbhar Assam, the Sonowal Cabinet passed an Ordinance which does away with permissions for starting any new MSME unit for 3 years.