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UGC instructions for November’s new academic session leave colleges confused with students.

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The new academic session for the current first year batch should start in the first week of November, as per the latest schedule shared by UGC, but several colleges have already begun their first-year batches online, following the previous schedule.

A day after the University Grants Commission (UGC) launched tips for the new tutorial calendar for first 12 months batch of the 2020-21 educational year, college students and schools in the town had been undecided about the implementation of the new dates.

As per the present day time table shared through UGC, the new tutorial session for the modern first yr batch have to begin in the first week of November, however, going by means of the preceding schedule, many schools have already began their first-year batches online.


“The preceding UGC hints had scheduled begin of the new educational yr for all batches as September 2020, so schools did precisely that and started out lectures online. The University of Mumbai had additionally counseled the identical so now we don’t understand how these new suggestions will be implemented,” stated Marie Fernandes, primary St Andrew’s College, Bandra.

In July and August months, MU had admissions to first year undergraduate course batches and by the end of August itself, most colleges had completed filling all their vacant seats.

Many schools that have already carried out the orientation technique for their college students and are all set to begin everyday lessons for their new batch are now pressured about the dates and are ready for readability from the Universities.

“Since it’s the UGC guidelines, we will have to observe the same. Hopefully the college will make clear our doubts soon,” Stated by college HR.

A spokesman for University said that the previous varsity circular published in July 2020 for the start of the new academic year was based on the August 2020 UGC guidelines, which specified that classes for all batches should start online from September alone. “Our academic team will have to review the new draught guidelines before we exchange a circular with all of the associated colleges,” he said.

The UGC has likewise expressed the way that the new first year group will wind up without a late spring or winter break until one year from now so as to compensate for the loss of scholastic time in this year due to Covid-19 and the lockdown. A few understudies took to Twitter and other person to person communication locales to impart their discontent to this standard

New academic calendar–

Admissions to be completed by—October 31, 2020

Commencement of classes for new batch (1st semester)—November 1, 2020

Preparation break—March 1 to March 7, 2021

Conduct examinations—March 8 to March 26, 2021

Semester break—March 27 to April 4, 2021

Commencement of classes (Second semester)—April 5, 2021

Preparation break—August 1 to August 8, 2021

Conduct examinations—August 9 to August 21, 2021

Semester break—August 22 to August 29, 2021

Some colleges are also worried about having to follow two different academic calendars with no consistency in place, one for the new first year batch and another for the remaining batches. The first semester exams for our second and third year batches are scheduled for December 2020-January 2021 and we hope to complete the final semester exams by May 2021. But in March and July, respectively, the UGC circular for first year batches indicates first and second semester exams, which means that our teachers will be working on exams for the next whole year, which is unfair to them as well,’ said the vice principal of a suburban college.

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