Vikash Sharma

With classroom teaching taking a backseat due Covid-19 pandemic since the past one and half years, concentrated efforts have finally begun to put things back on track in the larger interest of students as well as teachers across the country.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued fresh guidelines on examinations and academic calendar keeping mind the Covid situation to all universities and colleges.

Earlier clear instructions were issued to ensure that the admission process by colleges and institutions commenced only after the declaration of results by the CBSE and ICSE and the State Boards across the country.

It is expected that all School Boards will declare their results for the class/grade-XII examinations by July 31, 2021. The admissions to the first year courses/programmes for the session 2021-2022 shall be completed by no later than September 30, 2021.

The last date for admissions to fill up the remaining vacant seats shall be October 31, 2021. The relevant documents of the qualifying examination can be accepted up to December 31, 2021. The academic session 2021-2022 shall commence latest by October 1, 2021 for first semester/year students, as per the UGC guidelines.

Calendar to be followed by Higher Education Institutions:

Admission Process for Undergraduate Level Programmes: To commence only after the declaration of results by the CBSE and ICSE and state boards.

Completion of admission process for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes in online/offline/blended mode: 30.09.2021

Commencement of classes for intermediate semester/year students in online/offline/blended mode: As early as possible

Commencement of classes of Undergraduate and Postgraduate students’ Fresh batch (First Semester/Year): Latest by 01.10.2021

Preparatory Break, Education Institutions, Conduct of Examinations, Semester Break, Commencement of Classes for Even Semester, Preparatory Break, Conduct of Examinations, Semester Break begins: To be planned by the Higher Education Institutions

Semester Break ends: 31.07.2022

Commencement of Next Academic Session for this batch: 01.08.2022

“If there is a delay in declaration of result of the qualifying examinations, Higher Education Institutions may plan and start the academic session by October 18, 2021. The teaching-learning process may continue in offline/ online/ blended mode,” the guidelines read.