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New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has once again revised the academic calendar for first-year students, or freshers, in colleges and universities due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases across India.

According to the latest calendar, the academic session for freshers will now begin in November instead of September, and the delay will spill over to the next academic session as well.

If there is no final decision from the Ministry of Home Affairs on physically reopening schools and colleges by November, freshers will begin their college education online.

The UGC had, in April, released an alternative academic calendar for colleges, with guidelines on exams, mode of study and the schedule to reopen. At that time, the plan was to reopen colleges in September, but looking at the unabated rise in Covid cases, the session has been delayed until November.

The latest guidelines were communicated to all universities and colleges Monday. The revised calendar, a copy of which is with ThePrint, states that the admission process for first year students needs to be completed by 31 October and classes for the first semester should commence by 1 November.

Classes for the same batch will be delayed in 2021 as well, as these students will go into second year only on 30 August 2021.


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Six-day weeks, no summer and winter breaks

In order to compensate for the loss of academic time, the UGC has asked colleges to teach six days a week, without any summer or winter break, for the next two academic sessions.

“The start of first year of academic session 2020-2021 is delayed due to the circumstances beyond control but efforts be made to compensate the loss of this period by curtailing the breaks (Summer, Winter etc). This would ensure that these students would timely complete their 3 year UG/ PG programme,” the UGC communicated to colleges.

It added, “All the 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.”

The commission has also asked colleges to give full refund of fees if a student withdraws admission before 30 November. “In order to avoid financial hardship being faced by the parents due to lockdown and related factors, full refund of fees be made on account of all cancellation of admissions/ migration of students, upto 30.11.2020, for this very session as a special case,” the guidelines said.

“To be crystal clear, the entire fees including all charges be refunded in totality (Zero Cancellation charges) on account of cancellation/ migration upto 30.11.2020. Thereafter, on cancellation/ withdrawal of admissions upto 31.12.2020, the entire fee collected from a student be refunded in full after deduction of not more than Rs.1000x as processing fee,” it explained.


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41 COMMENTS

  1. I request to UP government not to reopen schools because some school is indirectly forcing students by taking half yearly exam from the date of reopening school
    Many parents also not want to go to school.

  2. I request to UP government not to open offline classes from october . Because some schools are indirectly forcing students by take half yearly exam from reopening date of schools . I request you to not open schools online class will be continue .

  3. #reopencolleges#
    I request to our honorable cheif minister arvind kejriwal please resume the offline classes as before .we are unable to deem the subject properly as we can understand in offline mode . Even we don’t have a fully network well connection so that we can attend class smoothly .so please you will consider and resume offline class .
    Thank you ….🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  4. What is the final decision of UGC as taken to open a colleges. When it was opened the college already my 2 semester is promoted. In online classes we are unable to attend the classes properly due to network problem, data problem even we don’t have Wi fi also. Through data connection we can’t attend the classes.

  5. Plzzz reopen the college for intermediate students… from October 1st.. through online mood not able to understand anything…do offline classes and than conduct the exams… open the college as soon as possible

  6. Why there should be 6 days a week???? You are already curtailing tghe summer and winter holidays/breaks till 2022. That is more than enough. Or are you planning to make these students IAS and IPS officers once they complete their UG and PG? It is the syllabus, methodology, technology and examination pattern that need to be modified. And also consider the mental health of students and teachers. None of them are robots or people that can install and update AI applications inside their brains. None of the other professions are having this much headache and still UGC is trying to make the situations worse with the sole assumption of getting a degree in 3 years and a pg in 2 years.

  7. Abhi kisi college ne to entrance liya hi nhi hai to phir kaise ye possible hai ki november me class ko open kiya jayega pahle unka admission to liya jaye and syllebus kis tarah se pura hoga ye to pta hi nhi and corona india me kam nhi rha hai abhi to aur bhad hi rha hai to kaise ye possible hai ki koi entrance exam dene kisi center pe jaye

  8. विद्वान जज और बुद्धिमान वकील मिलकर ऑनलाइन कोर्ट नही चला पा रहे है,,,

    विद्वान मंत्री और विधायक मिलकर ऑनलाइन विधानसभा नहीं चला पा रहे…

    फिर यूनिवर्सिटी वाले बच्चों को ऑनलाइन पढ़ा के कैसे ज्ञानी बना देंगे,,,,
    #reopencollege

  9. Atleast open College for those graduation students who are going to placed in a company you have to reopen clg through this they can go on volunteer basis and take guidence from traning n placement cell

  10. what about lateral entry Students.
    Lateral entry Students get admission in 2nd year of ug course like btech, b.pharm,etc.
    So when L.E students will get any notification or update by UGC because our session has already started in colleges. After admission we will get very less time for the semester(sessional) that is only one month. How we will prepare ?
    What should we do?

  11. But what about lateral entry Students.
    Lateral entry Students get admission in 2nd year of ug course like btech, b.pharm,etc.
    So when L.E students will get any notification or update by UGC because our session has already started in colleges. After admission we will get very less time for the semester(sessional) that is only one month. How we will prepare ?
    What should we do?

  12. 6 days a week not at all required. Curtail and reframe syllabus. This is important. No matter what you taught at the end of the day students forget, because most of it bookish konwledge.

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