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HRD Ministry launches portal to address students' difficulties during Covid-19 lockdown

NEW DELHI: The HRD Ministry has introduced a helpline portal for college students who're facing difficulties because of closure of faculties and colleges in view of the national lockdown to battle the coronavirus outbreak.

The portal developed by two pupil interns at All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) was introduced by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' on Friday.

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"This portal is essentially to connect those who are willing to provide help with those who need help. The nature of support includes accommodation, food, on line classes, attendance, examinations, scholarships, health, transport and harassment of any kind," the Human Resource Development minister said.

"As many as 6,500 colleges have already come forward to provide support at such a crucial juncture. Students in difficulty are encouraged to directly get connected with them through this portal," he added.

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According to the Health Ministry, so far there were 2,301 instances of COVID-19 in India and 56 deaths out of which 12 have been reported since Thursday.

The website online with an URL was introduced by the Honorable Minister for Human Resource building Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” lately within the presence of Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, Shri MP Poonia, Vice Chairman AICTE, Shri Buddha Chandrashekhar, Chief Coordinating Officer, AICTE and pupil interns Shivanshu and Akash of Graphic Era University who developed this portal in file time of someday.

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