The University Grants Commission (UGC) has once again revised the academic calendar for first-year students, or freshers, in colleges and universities due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases across India.
According to the latest calendar, the academic session for freshers will now begin in November instead of September, and the delay will spill over to the next academic session as well.
If there is no final decision from the Ministry of Home Affairs on physically reopening schools and colleges by November, freshers will begin their college education online.
The UGC had, in April, released an alternative academic calendar for colleges, with guidelines on exams, mode of study and the schedule to reopen. At that time, the plan was to reopen colleges in September, but looking at the unabated rise in Covid cases, the session has been delayed until November.
The latest guidelines were communicated to all universities and colleges Monday. The revised calendar, a copy of which is with ThePrint, states that the admission process for first year students needs to be completed by 31 October and classes for the first semester should commence by 1 November.
Classes for the same batch will be delayed in 2021 as well, as these students will go into second year only on 30 August 2021.
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