The University Grant Commission has issued the UGC examination guidelines and UGC Academic calendar 2021 for the Universities in View of COVID-19 Pandemic for the new session of 2021-22. In the case of Higher Education Institutions located at places where the appropriate government (Central/ State) or competent authority has imposed restrictions on public gatherings, the Higher Education Institutions may plan accordingly.
In any case, these recommendations shall not cause any restrictions on the guidelines /directions issued by the appropriate government/ competent authority. The guidelines regarding the conduct of examinations and commencement of the next academic session, every Higher Education Institution shall ensure that it is prepared in all respects to carry out the academic activities following necessary protocols /guidelines /directions /advisories issued by the Central/State Governments or competent authorities from time to time, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per the notice, The classes for the first semester will begin on or before October 1. The commission has directed all the universities and colleges to complete the admission process for undergraduate and postgraduate courses by September 30. The last date for admissions to fill up the remaining vacant seats shall be October 31, 2021. The academic session 2021-2022 shall commence latest by October 1, 2021 for first semester/year students.
The notification further states that the documents for the new admissions can be submitted by December 31, 2021. In case of delay in declaration of qualifying (class 12) result, the higher education institute may plan the new academic session from October 18.
|Declaration of Class 12 result||31-07-2021|
|Completion of UG and PG Admission Process||30-09-2021|
|Commencement of First semester of first year classes||01-10-2021|
|Last date to fill the First Year remaining vacant seats||31-10-2021|
|The relevant documents of the qualifying examination can be accepted up to||31-12-2021|
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Higher Education Institutions may plan for classes, breaks, the conduct of examinations, semester break, etc. during the period October 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022 following necessary protocols/guidelines/directions/advisories issued by the Central/State Governments and competent authorities from time to time, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Considering the financial hardships being faced by many parents due to the pandemic, the commission has urged the university authorities to not charge any cancellation fees/ migration fees from students up to October 31, 2021, for the academic session 2021-2022 as a special case.
It has also been made mandatory for universities and colleges to conduct final year or end term exams by August 31. The exams can be conducted either offline, online, or in blended mode. PTI GJS
UGC has directed the higher education institutions to ensure that the admission process for undergraduate courses/programmes for the academic session 2021-2022 commences only after the declaration of results by the CBSE, ICSE, and state boards.
It is to be noted that the Supreme Court had directed all the state boards as well as CBSE and CISCE to declare the board results before July 31 to ensure a smooth admission process during college admissions. As a result, admissions in various colleges and universities across the country are likely to begin in August.
Examinations: The provisions as contained in the guidelines issued earlier as mentioned above shall apply for the current academic session 2020-21. Further, the Terminal Semester/ Final Year Examinations 2020-2021 be compulsorily conducted in offline (pen & paper)/ online/ blended (online + offline) mode by no later than August 31, 2021 following the prescribed protocols/ guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For intermediate semester/year students, assessment shall be based on internal evaluation and previous semester as suggested in 2020 guidelines.
Academic Year: The provisions contained in the UGC Guidelines dated 24.09.2020 shall be applicable for the academic session 2021-2022. For students of the intermediate semester/year, the Higher Education Institutions may start their academic session (in online/offline/blended mode) as early as possible, following the guidelines/directions related to the COVID-19 pandemic issued by the appropriate government/competent authority.