The new academic year for newcomers may start in universities from the month of September and for already enrolled students in August in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak across the country, the University Grants Commission (UGC) told universities on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
While detailing the guidelines for exams and new academic calendar for the universities in view of the COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown, UGC said the examinations for final semester students be conducted in the month of July.
“Intermediate students will be graded based on internal assessment of the present and previous semester. In states where the COVID-19 situation has normalised, there will be exams in the month of July. For terminal semester students, exams will be held in July,” the UGC said.
“Universities may follow a six-day week pattern and devise proforma to record travel or stay history of staff and students for the lockdown period. Extension of six months will be granted to MPhil, PhD students and viva-voice be conducted through video conference,” it added.
The commission clarified that the guidelines are advisory in nature and universities may bring out their own plan taking these guidelines into consideration pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.