A New Academic Calendar Released for the Academic Session 2020-2021
Source: Times of India
The University Grants Commission released the academic calendar for 2020-21 on the 22nd of September. The classes of freshers of the academic session 2020-2021 will begin from November 1st in colleges and universities. The classes are supposed to be held for six days a week to cover up the loss of time caused due to the pandemic. Holidays will be curtailed, and the time would be used to complete the academic year.
The new admissions in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs must be completed by October 31st, 2020. In order to reduce financial burdens on parents during the pandemic, the UGC stated that the parents would get full refunds on cancellation or withdrawal of admission by 31st December, 2020. However, an amount of Rs.1000 will be deducted as the processing fee. This measure will be taken only for the academic year of 2020-2021. Even though the admission will be completed by the end of October, the institutions can fill the vacant seats in the month of November.
The universities are free to conduct classes in online, offline, or blended modes. If the results of the qualifying exams will be delayed, then the universities can start their classes on 18th November.
There will be no winter break, and the classes of the first semester will be conducted till the end of February. Then, the students will get a one-week preparatory break, after which the first semester exams will be conducted in the month of March.
The second semester will begin in April, and the semester exams will be in the month of August. It will be followed by a shortened version of the summer holidays. The next academic year of the same batch will start from August 30, 2021.
The UGC has also stated that it may follow the six-day week pattern even in the academic year 2021-2022 to cover up the loss of time.