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UGC asks varsities to start UG, PG classes from November 1

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all universities in the country to start classes from November 1. The classes will be as per a revised academic calendar that has been already approved by UGC on September 21.

As per the revised academic calendar for 2020-21, classes may begin from November 1 for first-year UG and PG 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.

According to the decision taken by the higher education regulator, all universities and colleges will have to complete the admission process by October 31. They can fill up the remaining vacant seats by November 30.

The classes will be held in online, or offline, or blended mode.

Alternate academic calendar revised due to pandemic

The alternative academic calendar released by UGC on April 29 suggested that classes of first-year students should begin on September 1.

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It also suggested that final year exams should be conducted from July 1 to July 15. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the calendar had to be revised. UGC, thereafter, mandated the conduct of final year exams or terminal semester exams by September-end.

Full refund of fee for students who withdraw admission till Nov 30

The UGC has also approved a suggestion for making it mandatory for all the universities and colleges to refund “entire fee” of the first-year students who choose to withdraw after taking admission up to November 30, 2020.

“To be crystal clear, the entire fees including all charges shall be refunded in totality with zero cancellation charges on account of cancellation/migration up to November 30, 2020,” a UGC official said.

On cancellation or withdrawal of admissions up to December 31, the entire fee collected from a student will be refunded in full after deduction of not more than Rs 1,000 as processing fee, the official added.

 

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