Ramesh Pokhriyal, union minister for education, announcing the guidelines said: “In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Commission has accepted the report of the committee and approved the UGC Guidelines on Academic Calendar for the First Year of Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate Students of the Universities for the Session 2020-21. 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.”
As per the calendar the admissions to the first year programmes for the session 2020-21 will be completed by the end of October 2020 and the last date for admissions to fill up the remaining vacant seats shall be November 30, 2020.
The academic session will commence from November 1, 2020 and the teaching learning process may continue in offline/ online/ blended mode. If there is a delay in declaration of result of the qualifying examinations, the UGC has said that the universities may plan and start the academic session by November 18, 2020.
As per the suggested academic calendar, the first week of March 2021 will be a preparatory break and first semester exams will be conducted between March 8 and March 26, 2021. Thereafter there will be a nine-day semester break. The second semester exams will be conducted in August 2021 and the new 2021-22 academic session will start from August 30, 2021.
The new calendar has not made any provision for summer and winter breaks. Apart from this the UGC has also suggested that universities may follow a 6-day week pattern for the academic session 2020-21 and 2021-2022 to compensate the loss for this batch of students.