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IELTS, Coaching Centers facing heavy losses due to shut down

IELTS institute and many such coaching centers, training and educational institutes are keeping their fingers   crossed and are looking forward for official notification regarding the opening of their businesses.

As was notified by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs that the decision to open schools, college, coaching centers and all such institutes will be taken in the phase 2 of #Unlock 1.

 “In phase 2, schools, colleges, educational, training and coaching Institutes’, etc will be opened after consultation with states and  UTs, State Government/ UT administrations have been advised to hold consultation at the Institutional level with parents and other stake holders. Based on the feedback, a decision on reopening will be taken in the month of July. Union Ministry and Health Welfare will prepare a SOP for these Institutions “, said the MHA in a release.

All such institutes are prepared and eager to operate under set guidelines. Functioning of related business like Immigration consultancy firms, Travel consultants have already started in the month of June abiding by the   governments  directions.

With locking down of business since March, these Institutes have been one among the worst hit trade.

Usually there is lot of enquiries regarding study abroad in the summer months but due to lockdown and pandemic effect. Not many IELTS students are interested to apply abroad as they have put off their plans to travel or study abroad due to pandemic or financial constrains evoked in this situation.

Although the high commission will be opening gradually but IELTS aspirants who intent to immigrate abroad on student or permanent residency basis are still in dilemma.

IELTS regulating bodies like IDP and British Council have started taking registration for computers as well as paper-based  IELTS test but not many takers are there.

No sooner the covid -19 pandemic news came, it was declared as notified disaster by government and orders were issued under epidemic disease act, 1897. Amidst that, foremost the schools, colleges, coaching centers, IELTS and other training institutes were precautionarily closed with immediate effect

 Punjab is the biggest market for candidates aspiring to immigrate abroad after taking IELTS, PTE, and various other English language tests. Major cities of Punjab like Bathinda, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar along with UT Chandigarh are the hub of such businesses, which are closed since March 2020.

Candidates even come from smaller towns to these cities and live in paying guest accommodations. Most of them have vacated the rooms and returned to their native places. Although many institutes have started with online platform for teaching but not many takers for it. Most of the institutes are being run from rented showrooms and are paying rent and salaries. All businesses of similar description are struggling to survive.

A representative of the Association of Overseas Education Consultant (AOEC) and CEO of Charms Education and Immigration, Manish Patika stated to a newspaper,  “There will be no real-time recruitment of students this year and no revenue will be generated. The Industry is looking for government support to prevent a total collapse”.

By Rashmi Sharma

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