In a major development, University Grants Commission (UGC) asked all the universities to start the classes for the new sessions from November 1 onwards. The UGC has issued a revised academic calendar. The first-year classes for undergraduate and postgraduate courses can begin in November. The varsities have been asked to wrap up the admission schedule by November 30.
The alternative academic calendar released by UGC on April 29 suggested that classes of first-year students should begin on September 1 and final year exams should be conducted from July 1 to July 15. However, due to the pandemic, the calendar had to be revised and the high education regulator mandated the conduct of final year exams or terminal semester exams by September end.
But now, as per the revised guidelines, the academic session 2020-21 may begin from November 1 for first-year students. In case there is a delay in the declaration of results in the qualifying exam, the universities may plan and start the academic session by November 18.
The commission further added in the revised calendar that a full refund will be made on account of the cancellation of admissions/ migration of students up to November 30. Thereafter, on cancellation/ withdrawal of admissions up to December 31, 2020, the entire fee collected from a student be refunded in full after deduction of not more than Rs 1000 as processing fee.