UGC's new timeframe initiating the academic year for college and university students.

According to the latest calendar released by the University grants commission (UGC), the new academic year for the college and university students of the 2020-21 batch shall commence from the month of November 2020. This delay will be further continued for the upcoming academic year as well.

The UGC previously, in April, had released an alternative calendar for the commencement of the academic year from September onwards with guidelines on exams, mode of study, and the schedule to reopen. Later due to the spike of COVID-19 cases, the decision was delayed until November.

As per the guidelines of UGC, to compensate for the loss of too many unfortunate days of education, it has now appealed to the faculty of the colleges and universities to teach the students six days a week and without any summer or winter vacation, until 2022. The vice-president of UGC had said that there is no compulsion on holding online or offline classes, it depends on the institution solely.

“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.” said the UGC.

Full refund to be made on account of the cancellation of admissions/ migration of students up to November 30. Thereafter, on cancellation/ withdrawal of admissions up to December 31, 2020, the entire fee collected from a student be refunded in full after deduction of not more than Rs 1000 as processing fee, as per the guidelines..

The universities were asked to start the process of provisional admission for UG and PG courses. However, the admissions for the year 2020-21 for UG-PG had already concluded on August 31, 2020.

The re-opening of academic classes for school students across the nation had commenced according to their state orders through online platform, however, many suicide of students had been noted from the rural areas across the country due to non availability of smartphones and proper internet connection.

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