UGC Issues New Guidelines for Examinations for the Academic Year 2021-22
16th July 2021, the University Grants Commission (UGC), in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, announced the issue of new guidelines for the conduct of examinations and the academic calendar for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for the academic year 2021-22 — UGC Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar.
The letter and the Guidelines, 2021 mandate that the guidelines, protocols, directions, and all such details issued in light of the pandemic, by the Central Government, State Government, or competent authority shall have to be complied with by the HEIs.
Guidelines in Brief:
- Concerning the academic year 2020-21, the guidelines issued in 2020 would be applicable and the terminal semester or final year exams have to be conducted by 31st August 2021. Intermediate students will be evaluated on the basis of internal evaluation and performance in the previous semester.
- With respect to the academic year 2021-22, in addition to UGC Guidelines on Academic Calendar for the First Year of Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate Students of the Universities for the Session 2020-21 in View of COVID-19 Pandemic dated 24th September 2020, the Guidelines, 2021 would also be applicable.
The Guidelines, 2021 lay down the following directions pertaining to the academic calendar of the first year UG and PG students of HEIs:
- The HEIs can begin the admission process of UG students for the academic year 2021-22 only after the 12th standard results are declared by the CBSE, ICSE, and State Boards, which are expected to be declared by 31st July 2021.
- The admissions of first-year students have to be concluded by 30th September 2021 and the new academic session for such students has to begin by 1st October 2021. However, the new academic session may begin by 18th October 2021 if there is any delay on the part of school boards in declaring the 12th standard results.
- Time till 31st October 2021 has been given for filling up the vacant seats.
- The HEIs may prepare plans regarding the conduct of examinations, preparatory breaks, etc.
- The HEIs have to begin the academic sessions of the intermediate semester students in online, offline, or blended mode at the earliest possible time.
- In case of cancellation of admissions or migration of students up to 31st October 2021, the HEIs have to grant a full refund of fees (so, any cancellation charge cannot be imposed) as a special case. If the cancellation or withdrawal is made after the said date but up to 31st December 2021, then Rs. 1000 can be deducted as a processing fee.
The said guidelines have to be read together with the UGC Guidelines dated 29th April 2020 and 6th July 2020, and are subject to any “advisories/directives issued by the apex statutory bodies/councils concerned, e.g., AICTE, NCTE, BCI, NMC, DCI, INC, PCI, AYUSH, etc. regarding examinations and academic calendars”.