Vikash Sharma

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a notice asking universities and colleges to ensure strict compliance to the academic calendar.

According to UGC, academic calendar promotes quality teaching-learning and research apart from providing a complete visibility of the planned events throughout the year for all the stakeholders, including students.

The UGC (Minimum Standards of Instruction for the Grant of the First Degree through Formal Education) Regulations, 2003 clearly states that every university shall ensure that the classes for courses in subjects other than professional courses for the first year students shall commence by not later than the first week of August.

Similarly, the timeline for the students of second year onwards should not be later than the third week of July. The results for all the courses shall be declared by not later than last week of June.

A flexibility of up to two weeks may be allowed for professional courses in commencement of classes for students second year and later keeping view the requirement of project work, summer schools and internship, etc. an professional courses.

At the beginning of each academic year, the University shall announce its academic calendar, giving the schedules for all its activities during the year. In addition to the schedules for academic activities like courses and examinations, the calendar shall also include the date/s for Degree awards, UGC notice read.