Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Tuesday announced that the Commission has accepted the report of the Committee and approved the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines on 'Academic Calendar' for the first year of the Under Graduate and Post Graduate students of Universities for the session 2020-21.
He tweeted that "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."
Here is the suggested Academic Calendar:
|Admission Process (To be completed)||October 31, 2020|
|Commencement of Classes of above students Fresh batch (First Semester/Year)||November 1, 2020|
|Preparation break||March 1, 2021-March 7, 2021|
|Conduct of Examinations||March 8, 2021-March 26, 2021|
|Semester break||March 27, 2021-April 4, 2021|
|Commencement of Classes for even semester||April 5, 2021|
|Preparation break||August 1, 2021-August 8, 2021|
|Conduct of Examinations||August 9, 2021-August 21, 2021|
|Semester break||August 22, 2021-August 29, 2021|
|Commencement of next Academic Session for this batch||August 30, 2021|
The Education Minister added that "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/ migration of students, up to November 30, for this very session as a special case."
The educational institutions including schools and colleges have been closed since March when the nationwide lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister to contain the spread of coronavirus.
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