First year admissions to start after July 31 & end by September 30: UGC | Chennai News – Times of India

CHENNAI: University Grants Commission (UGC) on Friday directed all colleges and higher educational institutions to commence the admission process only after July 31 by when all boards are expected to declare Class XII results.
Tamil Nadu Directorate of Government Examinations (TNDGE) said Class XII results would be declared on July 19. Though UG admissions would commence after Class XII results for state board students are released, the TN higher education department asked all colleges to commence admissions for 2021-22 on August 1 after the declaration of CBSE Class XII results.
As per UGC’s academic calendar for 2021-22, colleges must wind up admissions before September 30 and the academic session must commence latest by October 1.
However, the UGC left the planning of semester exams, break, commencement of next semester and exams with concerned universities and autonomous colleges. The next academic year for the 2021-22 batch will begin on August 1, 2022.
“In view of the financial hardships faced by parents due to lockdowns and related factors, the commission asked all colleges to refund full fees for cancellations of admissions or migrations up to October 31 as a special case. It said there should be zero cancellation charges till October 31 and thereafter, the college should refund full fee after deducting process fee not more than ₹1,000,” the UGC said in its guidelines.
Loyola College principal Thomas Amirtham said arts and science colleges may not need two months for the admission process and online classes for first year students may commence much earlier. “In the present academic schedule, it is not possible to have a long summer break. The schedule also allows each state to adapt according to their local Covid-19 situation,” he said, adding that the online classes are likely to continue for a few more months.
D G Vaishnav College principal S Santhosh Baboo said colleges may be looking to wind up the admission process quickly. “Even if colleges are allowed to reopen, science students will be called to do practicals in person while theory classes will be online,” he said.


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