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UGC to bring uniform academic year

UGC will enforce a uniform academic calendar in all higher education institutions across the country, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2007 21:05 IST

Colleges and universities across India will have to declare results of examinations in time for a student to seek admission in the institution of his or her choice and will have to start the session not before first week of August.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Wednesday decided to enforce uniform academic calendar across all higher education institutions in the country by amending its guidelines - minimum standards of instruction for the grants of the First Degree through Formal Education, 2003.

The commission announced that all courses, except for professional ones, the educational institutions would be required to start the session for the first year students not later than first week of August. For students of the second year, the session will have to begin by third week of July. For all classes, the examination results will have to be declared latest by last week of June, a UGC statement said.

In case of professional courses, the commission has provided a flexibility of up to two weeks depending on requirement of the project work, summer schools and intership.

The regulation will be applicable to all universities irrespective of whether they were established through a Central Act or a State legislation. “The uniform academic calendar will apply to all institutions covered under section of the UGC Act,” a commission statement said, adding that they will come into force as soon as published in the official gazette.

The UGC decision is based on the recommendations of the expert committee headed by Professor M Anandakrishnan, former Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, Chennai. In its recommendations submitted on February 26, the committee had strongly advocated a uniform academic calendar similar to the ones in United States and Europe. It is also a first step towards achieving a uniform higher education system in the country.