University Grants Commission, UGC has directed all the varsities to start the classes for the new sessions from November 1 onwards, as per the revised academic calendar approved by UGC on Monday. The first-year classes for undergraduate and postgraduate courses can begin in November. The varsities have been asked to wrap up the admission schedule by October 30.
Union Education Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank took to his official Twitter handle and made the important announcement. In his tweet, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said, ‘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.’ He also shared the suggested UGC new academic calendar 2020.
According to the suggested calendar, the classes for first-year students oof UGC undergraduate courses and UGC postgraduate courses will start from November 1, 2020, and the exams will be held from March 8, 2021, to March 26, 2021. Earlier UGC had advised that the new academic session of 2020-2021 should begin in September. However, due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in India, the UGC calendar has been revised. Here is a look at Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’s Twitter and important dates of the suggested UGC new academic calendar 2020.
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.#UGCGuidelines — Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) September 22, 2020
In a separate tweet, the minister also noted that to avoid financial burden being faced by parents due to lockdown and related factors, a full refund will be made on account of all cancellation of admissions/ migration of students, up to 30 November.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to declare the results of compartment exams as soon as possible and coordinate with the University Grants Commission (UGC) to enable around two lakh students passing out in these exams to apply in colleges in the current academic year.