The University Grants Commission may soon issue revised guidelines for the academic year 2020-21 which are expected to provide the institutions more time to start the new session.
The University Grants Commission may soon issue revised guidelines for the academic year 2020-21. The guidelines are expected to provide higher education institutions more time to start the next session.
Rajnish Jain, the UGC Secretary in a letter mentioned the revised guidelines issued by UGC on 6th July 2020. The guidelines instructed the Higher Education Institutions to conduct the final year exams of the students by the end of September.
The Supreme Court in its final verdict on the petitions filed against the conduct of final year exams in September made it clear that the exams are mandatory for granting degrees to the students. The final year exams should be conducted as per the revised guidelines of UGC.
However, it said that the states have the right to postpone the final year exams beyond the set deadline considering the pandemic situation in their state. If any state wishes to postpone the final year exams they will have to take permission from the University Grants Commission for the fresh issues of dates.
Revised Guidelines For New Session
Rajnish Jain conferred “The higher education regulator has mentioned that the universities can grant provisional admission to the candidates for undergraduate and postgraduate courses till September 30 till the revised guidelines on the academic calendar are issued by the UGC”.
An expert committee headed by the RC Kuhad, Vice-chancellor of the Central University of Haryana, has written to UGC stating that the admissions to the UG courses should be completed by the end of October and the new session should begin by November.
The panel has recommended that the admission for PG courses should be completed by November and the session should begin by December.
The Education Ministry and the University Grants Commission (UGC) together appointed the Kuhad committee. The committee was formed to give recommendations to the Centre on the academic year 2020-21, as the academic year has been hit by COVID-19. The committee earlier recommended that the new session should begin from September-October.
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