UGC panel recommends change in academic year

UGC panel

According to reports, the University Grants Commission plans to follow the recommendations put forth by one of its committees led by Haryana University Vice-Chancellor RC Kuhad which states that the new academic year must begin in September instead of July 2020. The situation arrived due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The panels set up by the UGC conducted meetings through video and audio conferencing and came up with a bunch of suggestions and conclusions based on the interactions with the VCs of the different universities, and principals of colleges.

The UGC has emphasized that the suggestions put forth by the committee are in no way hindering the advisory released by the government.

It further stated that the universities must conduct a thoroughchecking on the travel history of the staff and students.

The committee has also asked for the academic calendar to be re-labelled and declare the suspension of classes from March 16 and the continuation of classes via e-learning from March 16 to May 15, 2020.

The universities are free to declare a vacation from June 1 to 30 and the exams will be conducted from July 1 to 15 with the results to be declared by August 2020.

The committee has also recommended online viva and practical examinations for the students.

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