UGC Directs Universities To Begin First-Year Classes From November 1

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced the revised academic calendar for 2020-21 session and directed all the universities to resume classes for first-year students from November 1.

Union Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ took to Twitter and said, ” The UGC has accepted the report of the committee and approved the UGC guidelines on academic calendar for the first year of undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Universities for the Session 2020-21.”

All the higher institutions are said to conduct classes six days a week to compensate for the learning hours lost due to COVID-19.

All the formalities for admission of these courses are ordered to over on October 31.

Institutions have also been asked to cut short the holiday breaks.

Students who wish to opt-out or migrate are entitled to a full refund in this session.

“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 Commission 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,” it added, as quoted by Business Insider.

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