UGC Directs Varsities to Conduct Classes For First-Year Students From November 1


New Delhi: As per the revised academic calendar approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC), classes for the first-year students will start from November. Also, new admissions will not be allowed beyond November 30.

After the delay in conducting entrance exams due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UGC has now deferred the first day of the new academic session to November 1.

The UGC’s latest guidelines state, “If there is a delay in declaration of results of the qualifying examinations, the universities may plan and start the academic session by 18.11.2020. The teaching-learning process may continue in offline/ online/ blended mode.”

“In order to avoid financial hardship being faced by the parents due to lockdown and related factors, full refund of fees be made on account of all cancellation of admissions/ migration of students, up to 30.11.2020, for this very session as a special case,” the guidelines further stated.

The UGC guidelines also said, “To be crystal clear, the entire fees, including all charges, be refunded in totality (zero cancellation charges) on account of cancellation/ migration up to 30.11.2020. Thereafter, on cancellation/ withdrawal of admissions up to 31.12.2020, the entire fee collected from a student will be refunded in full after deduction of not more than Rs 1000 as processing fee.”

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