Bengaluru: Life will certainly be different once the coronavirus pandemic comes down. That includes education as well. 

As reported by Republic TV, in the wake of the lockdown in the country due to the ongoing battle against coronavirus pandemic, a panel appointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) has recommended that academic session in universities and higher educational institutions can be started from September instead of July.

In this context, two committees were constituted by the UGC to look into the issues of academic loss and online education. One committee was led by Haryana University vice-chancellor RC Kuhad that was formed to look into the ways of conducting exams in universities amid the lockdown and work on an alternate academic calendar. The second committee was formed to suggest measures to improve online education, which was led by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) vice-chancellor Nageshwar Rao. Both the panels submitted their reports on Friday.

"One panel has recommended that the academic session be started from September than July. The second panel has suggested that universities should conduct online exams if they have the infrastructure and means or wait for the lockdown to get over and then decide a date for pen-and-paper examinations."

Today onwards, the Union home ministry has permitted the reopening of shops. But malls are allowed to be opened. 

More on the lockdown: 

It was on March 24 that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that there would be a lockdown in the entire country. The lockdown was extended again till May 3 with a view to contain the spread of the virus. 

However, all thanks to the nosediving economic activities, the Modi government did a rethink to relax the rules. The reopening of shops is a result of this thought. 

Due to the coronavirus lockdown, the country has managed to keep the numbers under control to a great extent. 

Social distancing and staying indoors is a great weapon in fighting the spread of the virus. 

The PM will also hold another round of talks with chief ministers on the issue of second extension of the lockdown.