The University Grant Commission (UGC) has announced the revised guidelines for the new academic session 2020-21. As per the revised academic calendar, the new session will start from November 1.
UGC has already informed all the universities that the admission process of the new session for undergraduate and postgraduate courses should be completed by October 31, 2020. The notification reads, “Merit/ ntrance 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 November 30.”
Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced the same and shared the notification. He tweeted, “In view of the #COVID19 Pandemic, @ugc_india has issued guidelines on Examinations & Academic Calendar for UG & PG Students for the Session 2020-21.”
According to the revised academic calendar, the examinations of the first year will be conducted between March 8 and March 26, 2021. The semester break is likely to start from March 27 next year and end on April 4.
The commission has also directed all the universities and institutes to follow 6-day class in a week for 2020-21 batch in order to finish the courses before the exam. The universities have even asked to reduce the vacations and breaks as the session has already been late due to novel coronavirus outbreak. UGC wants that the final results of the new session should not be delayed and students get their degree on time.
It has also been announced that a full refund of fee will be made to students and parents who faced financial problems due to COVID-19 lockdown in case of cancellation of admissions or migration of students for this session, till November 30. Candidates can visit the official website https://www.ugc.ac.in/ for more details.