UGC releases academic calendar- 1st yr classes from Nov.1

Gujarat Global News Network, New Delhi

Classes for first year under graduate and post graduate students will begin from Nov.1. Colleges and universities have been asked to complete the admission process by October end.  University Grants Commission(UGC) on Tuesday released tentative calendar for the first year university students of under-graduate and post-graduate courses for the session 2020-21. The UGC session calendar was shared by the Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Twitter.

According to the UGC session calendar, the academic session for freshers will now begin in November, and the delay will also impact the next academic session as well.

“In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has accepted the Report of the Committee and approved the @ugc_india Guidelines on Academic Calendar for the First Year of Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate Students of the Universities for the Session 2020-21,” Education Minister Pokhriyal tweeted.

Minister Pokhriyal further added that a full refund for the admission cancellation will be made to students till November.

“To avoid financial hardship being faced by the parents due to lockdown and related factors, a full refund of fees will 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,” he said.

On cancellation/ withdrawal of admissions up to December 31, 2020, the entire fee collected from a student will be refunded in full after deduction of not more than ₹1000 as processing fee.

According to the calendar exams will be from 8 April 2021 and students will get a week break prior to it. Semester break will be of three days from March 27 to April 4, 2021. The next semester will begin from April 5. Exams will be from Aug.9 and next academic session will begin from 30 August next year.

The UGC had, in April, released an alternative academic calendar for colleges, with the plan to reopen colleges in September, but the delay in entrance exams and covid infections surge has pushed the session by two months.

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