University Grants Commission issued 2020-21 Academic Calendar for Universities

The UGC has issued the new academic sessions for the 2020-21 academic year, according to the schedule, the academic year for the old students will be commenced from 1st August 2020 and for the new students it will be commenced from 1st September 2020. The University Grants Commission took this decision due to the Pandemic Covid-19 Coronavirus.

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According to the new guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission, Universities may adopt alternative and simplified methods to conduct the exams, one of them is reducing the 3 hours duration for the exam to 2 hours.  The Universities can follow the six day week pattern by developing a virtual classroom and video conferencing facility.

The universities may conduct terminal, intermediate semester exams via online and offline modes by maintaining the social distance, the Universities can even conduct the semester/ year exams according to the academic calendar by maintaining the social distance.

The scheme of “Carry forward” (for the subjects in which the student has failed) will be allowed for the current academic year in the universities and every student will be promoted to next semester/year. However, such students may clear the examination for the course in which he/ she has failed/ remained absent, whenever the examination is held next.

The students may be allowed to improve their grades by offering one additional opportunity to appear for the current semester course(s) in succeeding semesters/ years or through supplementary examinations.

The students should be informed at least one week about the conduct of examinations and other related activities. Regarding the requirement of minimum percentage of attendance for the students/research scholars, the period of lockdown may be treated as ‘deemed to be attended’ by all the students/ research scholars. The universities may adopt appropriate strategies to facilitate the UG/ PG students pursuing Projects/ Dissertations, in view of the prevailing circumstances. The universities may consider to assign review-based/ secondary data-based projects or software-driven projects, instead of laboratory-based experiments or field/survey-based assignments to these students.

The universities may conduct the practical examinations and Viva-Voce Examinations through Skype or other meeting apps, and in case of intermediate semesters, the practical examinations may be conducted during the ensuing semesters.

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