UG/PG Ist year classes to begin from Nov 1: New UGC Guidelines

If all goes well, the academic session 2020-21 severely disrupted by covid-19 pandemic may begin on November 1. The higher education regulators have written to colleges and universities to start the session in accordance with the revised academic year calendar guidelines issued on September 22 by University Grants Commission (UGC).

UGC and AICTE have directed all colleges and universities in India to adopt and implement the new set of guidelines that it issued on September 22 following recommendations of the expert committee constituted on framing guidelines on examination and academic calendar.

Under the latest guidelines, the admission process has to be completed by the end of October and new classes will begin on first November for the first year of UG courses and PG courses.

Admission Process (To be completed)31.10.2020
Commencement of Classes of above students Fresh batch (First Semester/Year)01.11.2020*
Preparatory Break01.03.2021 to 07.03.2021
Conduct of Examinations08.03.2021 to 26.03.2021
Semester Break27.03.2021 to 04.04.2021
Commencement of Classes for Even Semester5.04.2021
Preparatory Break 01.08.2021 to 08.08.2021
 Conduct of Examinations09.08.2021 to 21.08.2021
Semester Break22.08.2021 to 29.08.2021
Commencement of Next Academic Session for this batch 30.08.2021

In continuation of the UGC Guidelines dated 29.04.2020 (including in partial modification thereof) and 06.07.2020, the following guidelines have been framed on academic calendar for the first year under graduate and post graduate students in the Universities and colleges:-

1. The institutions where admissions are solely through entrance tests and have completed the necessary requirements or are likely to complete these requirements in near future, may start their academic session of Ist year at the earliest. If necessity arises, provisional admissions may also be made. The relevant documents of qualifying examination be accepted up to 31.12.2020.

2. Merit/ entrance based admissions to the first year programmes for the session 2020-21 be completed by the end of October 2020. The last date for admissions to fill up the remaining vacant seats shall be 30.11.2020

3. The academic calendar for the first year students’ proposed in the Guidelines dated 29.04.2020 stands amended.

Hence, the academic Session 2020-21 may commence from 01.11.2020 for first year students.  If there is a delay in declaration of result of the qualifying examinations, the universities may plan and start the academic session by 18.11.2020. The teaching learning process may continue in offline/ online/ blended mode. 4. 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 universities are requested to compensate the delay in the start of academic session in the subsequent years by curtailing the breaks/ vacations so that this batch of students would get their final results for award of degree timely.

In case of educational institutions located at places where the Government (Centre/ State) have imposed restrictions on gathering of public, the institutions may plan accordingly. In any case, the above recommendations shall not cause any restrictions on the guidelines/directions issued by the appropriate Government/ competent authority.