A ray of light for students looking to study abroad in 2020

Recent outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has sent the entire world under a lockdown. With most of the countries introducing travel restrictions, many students aspiring to study abroad have started to worry. Colleges and universities across the globe are initiating online learning programmes as an alternative to the traditional classroom learning. However, studies show that more than 68% of students who study abroad are looking for global exposure and cultural exchange which cannot be delivered from online learning. This article will give you a summary about how coronavirus outbreak has impacted international education and what all options are available for students to study abroad without wasting their whole year.

Coronavirus impact on global higher education –

  • A sudden outbreak of coronavirus has forced colleges and universities across the globe to adapt digital learning in a unplanned and hasty manner.
  • Top universities around the world see an average of around 30% of students coming from foreign countries every year and hence, they are introducing distance learning programs to cater to this audience.
  • More than 77 million students pursuing higher education are at risk of delayed examinations, results, admission processes and a potential gap year.
Do you want to study abroad but unable to travel this year due to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak? If yes, then here’s what you can do.

Continue study abroad without wasting a whole year

RAGC has introduced 1 Year International Diploma and Degree Foundation Programme in India in affiliation with Pearson Education, UK. You can pursue 1st year of International Diploma and Degree from India and continue to the second year with universities abroad. This globally recognised course by Pearson and regulated by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), UK enables students to progress directly to the second year at universities abroad so that they don’t waste their one academic year.
At RAGC, we’re on a mission to provide international standard education to Indian students at their home country and prepare them for global industry requirements. Under this programme, students are evaluated as per international guidelines of Pearson and are given the complete exposure to the industry not limiting the course curriculum to classrooms. They are also offered access to all the academic resources that a student in UK campus does to ensure that the quality of the program is maintained.

Frequently Asked Questions  

1. Do I need to reappear the first year if I change my university?
No, the 1 year Pearson programme allows you to take direct admission in 2nd year of the Degree programme in Universities worldwide.
2. Which universities accept this 1 year programme?
Pearson sets the standard for worldwide recognised qualifications aligned to the British educational system and accepted by universities worldwide including Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech). To check if your esteemed university accepts Pearson qualification, write to us at enquiries@ragc.rustomjee.com
3. What are the international programmes offered by RAGC in India?
RAGC offeres a wide range of specialised programmes in the field of Automobile Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering, Hospitality Management and, Travel and Tourism Management.
4. What is an eligibility criteria for this programme?
Students enrolling for diploma (level 3) programmes is required to have appeared 10th examination and students enrolling for Degree (level 5) are required to have appeared 12th/Diploma examination from any recognised Indian/Foreign Board/University.
5. When will the admission process start for this international programme?
Admissions process for the academic year 2020-21 has started. To submit your application online, click here or contact us at +91 9867295822

Top 5 countries to study abroad

Top 5 countries to study abroad in 2020

Why do 1st year of your graduation degree in India?

  • Gap Year (Don’t let the next 1 year be gap year for your studies because of Coronavirus outbreak. Continue pursuing international programmes in India)
  • Economical (Concession on fees for students doing international degree programmes from India. Save on other costs such as travelling and accommodation)
  • Globally Recognised (Get the same degree as the student studying at UK campus which is recognised in universities worldwide)



Top 5 best career options after 10th and 12th in 2020

Coronavirus is having a profound and serious impact on the global economy including the education sector worldwide. Hence, it is utmost important to choose the right career pathway that can ensure a career stability while keeping your passion and interest towards a specific field in mind. For career counselling, you can schedule a callback with our experts here –

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We have identified career options that are expected to secure your admission in college and a career in a stable industry.

Vocational Courses

Vocational diploma and degree includes a wide range of courses such as engineering, business management, hotel management, travel and tourism management, Hardware and networking, etc
Vocational courses emphasize hands-on learning using interactive and engaging learning methodologies that revolve around ‘learning by doing’ such as – lab practicals, industrial and commercial visits, expert sessions by industry leaders, live assignments. Some of the course available in vocational education are –

Maharashtra SSC Board Exam 2020 Cancelled amid Coronavirus Lockdown

13th April 2020


Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has decided to cancel the last pending paper of Xth standard (SSC) students. The decision was confirmed by Maharashtra State Education Minister Ms. Varsha Gaikwad on Sunday, 12th April 2020. The last pending papers of Geography and Vocational courses have been finally cancelled due to further extension of lockdown in the state of Maharashtra amid coronavirus outbreak.

The officials had postponed the paper before however, the step to cancel the examination was taken after the state government further extended the lockdown. The SSC board students will be graded as per revised marking scheme set by Maharashtra SSC board for the cancelled papers.

What Next?

  1. How will marks for cancelled paper of SSC exam be calculated?
    Marks of students will be calculated based on revised grading system of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. However, the Maharashtra board authorities have yet not confirmed on the revised marking system for SSC exam.
  2. How will students from class IX and XI be promoted?
    Students from class IX and XI will be promoted to class X (10th/SSC) and XII (12th/HSC) on the basis of the first semester exam, internal exam results and practicals.
  3. What is the new date of JEE and other entrance exams?
    JEE (Main) examination scheduled in the month of April 2020 has postponed to the last week of May 2020. Exact date will be announced after assessing the situation at that time. Follow their official website for more updates on entrance exam date.
  4. When will colleges reopen?
    Government of Maharashtra has ordered all schools and colleges to remain shut until further notice. Schools and Colleges are expected to remain shut for students for few more weeks even after the lockdown is over.
  5. When will the admission process start?
    In most of the colleges, the admission process will start once the SSC/HSC results are out. However, the application process has started in a few institutes.
  6. On what basis will the admission be considered?
    The admissions will be considered on basis of SSC marks obtained as per revised marking scheme of Maharashtra SSC Board for cancelled exam.
  7. When will the academic year of 2020-21 begin?
    There is yet no information regarding dates for result declaration and entrance exams. Hence, the start of academic year 2020-21 is expected to delay.

A Way Ahead for Education Institutes in India

A few colleges have initiated to develop content to be delivered online. Online/distance education has become the need of time and many higher education institutes have started to move towards it. This will ensure uninterrupted learning for students irrespective of the situation in the future.

The lockdown situation due to coronavirus outbreak has brought the entire world to a standstill but RAGC has ensured delivery of lectures with its online learning. The video lectures are supported by online tests and assignments to understand the adaptability of every student. RAGC is using Augmented Reality (AR) in it’s online teaching methodology to demonstrate the activities to substitute the practical learning. Recent feedback survey with students shows that more than 82% of those engaged in this learning process are satisfied with the content and the delivery method.

Parent’s Feedback on Online Lectures

Parents feedback for online learning initiative taken by Rustomjee Academy for Global Careers



We are overwhelmed to see such a positive response and appreciation for our online learning initiative in this pandemic from parents. This has motivated us to continue engaging students through online training. We thank all students and their parent for their support during this period.




We conducted a  short survey with parents to understand how effective the online training initiative is to engage their child while in the lockdown.