New Delhi: During an hour-long interaction with students on social networking site Facebook on Tuesday, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani said at a meeting headed by Secretary, School Education, HRD Ministry with all state boards held in October 2015 "a decision was taken that all results across the country will surely be declared by May 31".
Therefore, she said, the results of CBSE Board exams for class X and XII will be declared "on time" before the end of this month and, as per a decision taken earlier, state boards are also expected to declare their results by May 31.
Many states including Rajasthan, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odhisha have already announced their results.
Some media reports have earlier suggested that the CBSE Class 10 and CBSE 12 results will be declared on or before May 27, though there was no official announcement from the board.
With Irani's statement, it becomes clear that the CBSE Class 10 and CBSE Class 12 results 2016 will be declared before May31.
Irani also said her ministry has readied a Cabinet note for upgrading Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad to an IIT.
When a student expressed apprehension that the CBSE results would be late, Irani asked her "not to worry" and assured that "results will be out on time".
She, however, added that since education is on the concurrent list "we at the Centre have to respect the right of state government to engage with students through their board at their administrative convenience".
Irani was asked over 2000 questions, including several related to NEET exam, to which she replied that the matter fell within the domain of the Health Ministry and it would be unfair for her to comment on the sensitive issue.
Irani also said the draft of the new education policy will be submitted by the TSR Subramaniam Committee soon.
Replying to a question on the review and updating of the National Curriculum Framework, Irani said, "It can only be revised once the new education policy comes forth".
Responding to a suggestion Irani said celebrations of Constitution Day in schools bore good results as students were really engaged and interested.
On a demand for opening varsities in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Irani said the state already has two central universities and her ministry is looking forward to opening a new IIT.