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UGC for uniform calendar

If that happens, students won't have to worry about losing out on colleges of their choice, writes Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 15:53 IST

The UGC is working on a uniform, national calendar for all universities. If that happens, students won't have to worry about losing out on colleges and courses of their choice.

At present, universities set their own schedule for the admission process. Admissions to several universities close before the results of some others are declared.

This, say UGC officials, limits the choice of students. For instance, Delhi University closes admissions to post-graduate courses much before universities like Himachal or Patna University declare their results.

To set that right, the commission has proposed a uniform academic year for central universities. "The calendar will fix dates for opening and closing of universities and for holding examinations and declaring results.

This will help students to plan their admissions," a senior UGC official told the Hindustan Times.

Officials say it will be a flexible calendar with options for universities, while making sure that the dates for examinations, results and admissions aren't disturbed.

"We have tried to keep in mind the varying climatic conditions and holidays on the account of lo cal festivals in different parts of the country," an official said.

The UGC has circulated a draft proposal to universities. The response has been good, officials say, with 16 of 18 universities in favour of a uniform academic calendar. But that's all the UGC can do -- it can't impose the calendar because central universities have academic autonomy.

The commission is non-committal on whether the uniform calendar will be applicable from 2006-07.

To college, together UGC proposes A common schedule for holding examinations and publishing results for all universities At present Universities follow their individual calendars in deciding the commencement of their academic sessions Students benefit The new will calendar will ensure that students migrating from one university to another does not lose any year.