UGC releases academic calendar guidelines for UG and PG first year students

New Delhi (NVI): The University Grants Commission (UGC) today released guidelines on Academic Calendar for the first year of Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate students of the universities session 2020-21 across the country.

According to the UGC guideline, the universities across the country should commence classes for the first year students from November 1.

The commission has also directed the universities to complete the admission process by November 30 and commenced first-year classes for undergraduate and postgraduate students thereafter.

Taking to Twitter, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Minister of Education wrote, “In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has accepted the Report of the Committee and approved the @ugc_india 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 or migration of students, up to November 30 for this very session as a special case,” he added.

In a official statement, the Ministry of Education said, 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. The teaching learning process may continue in offline/online/blended mode.

“To be crystal clear, the entire fees including all charges be refunded in totality (Zero Cancellation charges) on account of cancellation or migration up to November 30,” it added.

Therefore, on cancellation or withdrawal of admissions up to December 31, the entire fee collected form a student be refunded in full after deduction of not more than Rs 1,000 as processing fee, the ministry said in a release.