Session for freshers from Nov 1; winter, summer time breaks to be curtailed: UGC

New Delhi, September 22

The delayed educational session for freshers in universities and faculties will start from November 1, and the winter break this 12 months, the summer time trip in 2021 and different holidays can be curtailed to compensate for the time misplaced, in line with the University Grants Commission.

The tips by an professional committee, arrange for revising the tutorial calendar in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, have been accepted by the UGC and accordingly universities have been really helpful a six-day educating studying schedule each week.

“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,” Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ tweeted.

The UGC in April had launched another educational calendar for faculties to reopen, with tips on exams, mode of research and the schedule.

At that point, the plan was to reopen faculties from September, but it surely couldn’t materialise as a consequence of a unbroken surge in coronavirus instances.

As per the revised calendar, the admission course of for first 12 months college students must be accomplished by October 31 and lessons for the primary semester ought to start by November 1.

In order to compensate for the lack of educational time, the UGC has requested faculties to show six days every week and shorten the winter break this 12 months and the summer time break subsequent 12 months.

“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,” the rules stated.

“The start of the first year of the academic session 2020-2021 is delayed due to the circumstances beyond control but efforts should be made to compensate for 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 tips stated.

“All the universities may follow a six-day week pattern for the academic session 2020-21 and 2021-2022 to compensate the loss for this batch of students,” it added.

The UGC has stated with a purpose to keep away from monetary hardship being confronted by the mother and father because of the lockdown and associated elements, full refund of charges be made on account of all cancellation of admissions or migration of scholars, as much as November 30, 2020, for this very session as a particular case.

“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, 2020. Therefore, on cancellation or withdrawal of admissions up to December 31, the entire fee collected from a student will be refunded in full after deduction of not more than Rs 1,000 as processing fee,” the rules stated.

Universities and colleges throughout the nation have been closed since March 16 when the Centre introduced a national classroom shutdown as a part of measures to include the unfold of coronavirus. — PTI

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