UGC released revised academic calendar 2020-21 for first year students. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved the revised academic calendar and guidelines related to Undergraduate First Year (UG) and Post Graduation First Year (PG). Following the recommendations of an expert committee, the officials set the dates for UG PG first year admission, start of new session and examinations. According to the guidelines, the new session (2020-21) for first year students will start from November 1. That is, the classes of first year students will start from November 1.
The Commission has told all the universities that the process of admission should be completed by 31 October. The examinations will be held between 8 March 2021 to 26 March 2021. The UGC has instructed all universities and colleges that six days a week should be studied to make up for the loss of education. Apart from this, the winter holidays of this year and the summer holidays of the following year should also be cut.
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Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank proclaimed the amendment in date in an exceedingly Twitter post, stating —In a separate tweet, the minister additionally noted that to avoid monetary burden being long-faced by folks thanks to imprisonment and connected factors, a full refund are going to be created on account of all cancellation of admissions/ migration of scholars, up to thirty November.
Earlier, the UGC released the academic calendar on 29 April, in which the new academic session for first-year students was started from 1 September. For second and third year students, this academic session can be started from 1 August. There was also the need to study 6 days a week in all the colleges across the country.
The Education Minister has announced that this time if a student gets admission cancellation and migration by 30 November 2020, he will be refunded the full fees. This decision has been taken due to financial difficulties faced by the parents in the lockdown.