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UGC issues new calendar for universities 2020-21

PUBLISH DATE 30th April 2020

The new academic session for old students will commence from August 1 while for the new students it will be September 1, 2020.

The much anticipated admissions for the 2020-21 session will be conducted between August 1 to August 31, 2020. The pending terminal and intermediate exams are to be conducted between July and August, 2020.

These are the new guidelines on examinations and academic calendar in view of COVID-19 pandemic for the universities and colleges issued by the University Grants Commission on Wednesday. It has also been recommended that universities may adopt alternative and simplified modes and methods of examinations to complete the process in shorter period of time like reducing the time from 3 hours to 2 hours as well offer flexibility of both online and offline exams. The guidelines are suggestive in nature and universities can adjust as per their requirement and prevailing situation.

The following calendar is suggested for the academic session 2020-2021:

The Academic Calendar is suggestive. The universities may adopt/adapt it after making a comprehensive assessment of their level of preparedness, residential status of the students, status of COVID-19 pandemic spread in their city/region/state, and other factors.

S. No. Event Date
1 Admission Process 01.08.2020 to 31.08.2020
2 Commencement of Classes i. Students
of 2nd/ 3rd year ii. Fresh batch
(First Semester/Year)
01.08.2020 01.09.2020
3 Conduct of Examinations 01.01.2021 to 25.01.2021
4 Commencement of Classes for
Even Semester 27.01.2021
5 Dispersal of Classes 25.05.2021
6 Conduct of Examinations 26.05.2021 to 25.06.2021
7 Summer Vacations 01.07.2021 to 30.07.2021
8 Commencement of Next Academic Session 02.08.2021

Some of the important guidelines issued by the UGC

1. Universities may follow a 6-day week pattern.

2. Students be given exposure to laboratory assignments/ practical experiments through virtual laboratories, sharing of the recorded visuals of laboratory work and digital resources available for the purpose.

3. Link provided by MHRD for virtual laboratories to facilitate the students of science/engineering/ technology streams may also be suitable for such purposes.

4. Develop virtual classroom and video conferencing facility and all teaching staff should be trained with the use of the technology.

5. Universities should prepare e-content/e-lab experiments and upload on their websites.

6. Strengthen the mechanism of mentor-mentee counselling.

7. Universities may devise a proforma to record the Travel/ Stay history of the staff and students for the period when they were away from the university due to lockdown.