UGC Latest Updates – Odd semester for Academic year 2020-21 likely to starts from November 18

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UGC Latest Updates – Odd semester for Academic year 2020-21 likely to starts from November 18
UGC Latest Updates – Odd semester for Academic year 2020-21 likely to starts from November 18

UGC Latest Updates – Odd semester for Academic year 2020-21 likely to starts from November 18. Odd semester for the Academic Year 2020-21 for Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) students is likely to starts from November 18. Earlier the commission had released the guidelines and academic calendar for the year 2020-21 where it is informed that the classes will begin in November. The institutions have to complete the admission process by October 31, 2020, as per the schedule announced.

Admission Process (To be completed) October 31, 2020
Commencement of Classes of above students  Fresh batch (First Semester/Year) November 1, 2020
Preparatory Break March 1-7, 2021
Conduct of Examinations March 8 – 26, 2021
Semester Break March 27 to April 4, 2021
Commencement of Classes for Even Semester April 5, 2021
Preparatory Break  August 1 – 8, 2021
Conduct of Examinations August 9 -21, 2021
Semester Break August 29- Sept 8, 2021
Commencement of Next Academic Session for this batch August 30, 2021

In case there is a delay in declaration of the result of qualifying examinations, universities have been permitted to start the academic year from November 18. UGC has also directed all universities to follow a 6-day week pattern for the academic season 2020-21 and 2021-22 to compensate for the loss for this batch of students. Institutions may continue the teaching-learning process in offline/online/blended mode, the UGC guidelines noted.

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UGC again requested the Expert Committee to revisit the guidelines dated 29-04.2020 and 06-07-2020 and suggest an Academic Calendar for the first year of UG and PG programs for the session 2020-2021. The Commission at its emergent meeting held on 21.09.2020 based on the Report of the Expert Committee approved the UGC guidelines on Academic Calendar for the first year of Undergraduate and Postgraduate students of Universities for the session 2020-21 in view of COVID19 Pandemic.”

Some Guidelines

  • The institutions where admissions are solely through entrance tests and have completed the necessary requirements or are likely to complete these requirements in near future, may start their academic session of Ist year at the earliest. If necessity arises, provisional admissions may also be made. The relevant documents of qualifying examination be accepted up to 31.12.2020.
  • Merit/ entrance based admissions to the first year programmes for the session 2020-21 be completed by the end of October 2020. The last date for admissions to fill up the remaining vacant seats shall be 30.11.2020
  • All the universities may follow a 6-day week pattern for the academic session 2020-21 and 2021-2022 to compensate the loss for this batch of students.
  •  In order to avoid financial hardship being faced by the parents due to lockdown and related factors, full refund of fees be made on account of all cancellation of admissions/ migration of students, up to 30.11.2020, for this very session as a special case.
  •  To be crystal clear, the entire fees including all charges be refunded in totality (Zero Cancellation charges) on account of cancellation/ migration up to 30.11.2020. Thereafter, on cancellation/ withdrawal of admissions up to 31.12.2020, the entire fee collected from a student be refunded in full after deduction of not more than Rs.1000/- as processing fee.
  • The universities are requested to compensate the delay in the start of academic session in the subsequent years by curtailing the breaks/ vacations so that this batch of students would get their final results for award of degree timely.
  • The Guidelines as issued on 29.04.2020 and 06.07.2020 highlighting the modes of teaching, conduct of examinations, importance of physical & social distancing etc. shall remain unchanged and shall remain mandatory in that respect.

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