The UGC Expert Committee deliberated on various issues and also consulted other stake holders and noted that the lockdown has been imposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the State Governments to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and also the results of the Class XII Board examinations are likely to be declared in the month of July 2020.

The Expert Committee submitted its report in April, 2020, based on which the UGC issued the Guidelines on 29.04.2020.

In continuation of the IGC Guidelines dated 29/04/2020 and 06/07/2020, the following guidelines have been framed on the academic calendar for the first year undergraduate and postgraduate in the Universities and colleges.

Academic Calendar for First Year

Below are the guidelines released by UGC and there may be a slight change with the dates when VTU officially announces its academic calendar. Keep checking VTU Connect for updates.

Admission Process (To be completed)31.10.2020
Commencement of Classes of above students
Fresh batch (First Semester/Year)
01.11.2020/ by 18/11/2020*
Preparatory Break01.03.2021 to 07.03.2021
Conduct of Examinations08.03.2021 to 26.03.2021
Semester Break27.03.2021 to 04.04.2021
Commencement of Classes for Even Semester5.04.2021
Preparatory Break01.08.2021 to 08.08.2021
Conduct of Examinations09.08.2021 to 21.08.2021
Semester Break22.08.2021 to 29.08.2021
Commencement of Next Academic Session for this

UGC Guidelines

  • The institutions where admissions are solely through entrance tests and have
    completed the necessary requirements or are likely to complete these
    requirements in near future, may start their academic session of Ist year at the
    earliest. If necessity arises, provisional admissions may also be made. The
    relevant documents of qualifying examination be accepted up to 31.12.2020.
  • Merit/ entrance based admissions to the first year programmes for the session
    2020-21 be completed by the end of October 2020. The last date for admissions
    to fill up the remaining vacant seats shall be 30.11.2020
  • The academic calendar for the first year students’ proposed in the Guidelines
    dated 29.04.2020 stands amended. Hence, the academic Session 2020-21 may
    commence from 01.11.2020 for first year students. Accordingly, the above
    calendar is suggested for the academic session 2020-2021.
  • All the universities may follow a 6-day week pattern for the academic session
    2020-21 and 2021-2022 to compensate the loss for this batch of students.
  • 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. 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 be refunded in full after
    deduction of not more than Rs.1000/- as processing fee.
  • The universities are requested to compensate the delay in the start of academic
    session in the subsequent years by curtailing the breaks/ vacations so that this
    batch of students would get their final results for award of degree timely.
  • The Guidelines as issued on 29.04.2020 and 06.07.2020 highlighting the modes
    of teaching, conduct of examinations, importance of physical & social distancing
    etc. shall remain unchanged and shall remain mandatory in that respect.
  • In view of the present scenario and future uncertainties:
    i. The universities may adopt and implement these Guidelines in a
    transparent manner by making alterations/ additions/ modifications/
    amendments to deal with particular situation(s) in the best interest of
    students, educational institution and the entire education system,
    except in respect of those guidelines that are mandatory.
    ii. If the university faces difficulty in making admissions as per the
    existing policy, it may adopt alternative modes of admission process,
    if otherwise legally tenable.
    iii. In case of educational institutions located at places where the
    Government (Centre/ State) have imposed restrictions on gathering
    of public, the institutions may plan accordingly. In any case, the
    above recommendations shall not cause any restrictions on the
    guidelines/directions issued by the appropriate Government/
    competent authority

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