UGC Guidelines for Academic session 2020-21, New sessions to begin by October 1

The University Grant Commission (UGC) issued a new guideline regarding universities and colleges amid the Corona crisis. The guidelines include information regarding examinations and academic calendars. The UGC directed the colleges and the universities to complete the admissions to the first-year courses/programmes for the session 2021-2022 be no later than September 30, 2021. The academic session will begin by October 1, 2021.

Universities and higher education institutions (HEIs) have been asked to ensure that the admission process begins only after the declaration of results by the CBSE, ICSE and all state boards.

“It is expected that all school boards will declare their results for class 12 exams by July 31. If there is any delay in declaration of the result of qualifying exams, the new academic session may begin by October 18,” the UGC. “The teaching-learning process may continue in online/offline/ blended mode,” UGC also added.

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As per guidelines of UGC guideline on examination, the current academic session 2020-21 the Terminal Semester/ Final Year Examinations (2020-2021) be compulsorily conducted in offline (pen & paper)/ online/ blended (online+offline) mode by no later than August 31, 2021, following the prescribed protocols/guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The last date to fill up the vacant spots has been enlisted as 31 October. Relevant documents of the qualifying examinations can be accepted up to 31 December.

“The institutions may plan for classes, breaks, conduct of examinations, semester break, etc. during October 1 to July 31, following necessary protocols and advisories issued by Central and state governments from time to time in view of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the guidelines said.

“For intermediate semester students, assessment shall be based on internal assessment and previous semester results,” it said.

For parents in financially distressed circumstances during the pandemic, the commission has asked universities and HEIs to fully refund the fee up to October 31. In ‘special cases’ of cancellation of admission or migration of students with Rs.1000/- deduction for registration fee till December 31, 2021.

The next academic session of this incoming batch’s second year will begin by August 1, 2022. The letter is issued to Vice-Chancellors of universities and principals of colleges by Rajnish Jain, Secretary, UGC.


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