UGC Latest Circular – Admission for UG and PG Students 2020
As of 31 August 2020, UGC has announced that colleges can accept students by granting provisional admissions even after 30 September 2020 till further announcement by UGC.
UGC Guidelines August 2020
Various colleges all over India have begun their admission process for the new academic year 2020-21. As regards to school students joining colleges for Under graduation, colleges have just an online application system and select students based on merit.
Whereas, for Post-graduation, colleges and universities are accepting students based on their writing and speaking skills by conducting online interviews and tests. UGC has clearly stated that students can be admitted based on the eligibility norms of the respective university or institution.
Hence the degree certificate and their percentage are not the only criteria for admissions. On the safer side, colleges are granting only provisional admission and the admission is subject to the passing of all exams in the final semester, which will soon be held before September 30, 2020. Submitting of relevant documents such as Birth certificate, community certificate, mark sheets is on-going currently.
Mode of Terminal Semester Examinations 2019-20
The universities are required to complete the examinations by the end of September 2020 in offline (pen & paper)/ online/ blended (online + offline) mode following the prescribed protocols/ guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Commission in its emergent meeting held on 06.07.2020 accepted the Report of the Committee and approved the ‘UGC Revised Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities in view of COVID-19 Pandemic’.
The highlights of UGC Guidelines 2020
In view of the emerging situation related to COVID-19 pandemic in India, it is important to safeguard the principles of health, safety, fair and equal opportunity for students. At the same time, it is very crucial to ensure academic credibility, career opportunities and future progress of students globally. Academic evaluation of students is very important milestone in any education system. The performance in examinations gives confidence and satisfaction to the students and is a reflection of competence, performance and credibility that is necessary for global acceptability.
The terminal semester(s)/ final year(s) examinations be conducted by the universities/ institutions by the end of September, 2020 in offline (pen & paper)/ online/ blended (online + offline) mode.
The students of terminal semester/ final year students having backlog should compulsorily be evaluated by conducting examinations in offline (pen & paper)/ online/ blended (online + offline) mode as per feasibility and suitability.
In case a student of terminal semester/ final year is unable to appear in the examination conducted by the University for whatsoever the reason(s) may be, he/she may be given opportunity to appear in special examinations for such course(s)/ paper(s), which may be conducted by the university as and when feasible, so that the student is not put to any inconvenience/ disadvantage. The above provision shall be applicable only for the current academic session 2019-20 as a one-time measure.
The guidelines regarding intermediate semester/ year examination, as notified on 29.04.2020 will remain unchanged.
If need be, the relevant details pertaining to the Admissions and Academic Calendar in the universities and colleges shall be issued separately in place of those mentioned in the earlier guidelines issued on 29th April, 2020.