New academic year from October, no semester break: Draft calendar | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Six-day weeks, no semester breaks and October 4 reopening for 2021-2022 academic year: these are part of the draft calendar for undergraduate, postgraduate and engineering programmes proposed at a meeting of vice-chancellors on Thursday.
“The draft calendar of events has been chalked out for the academic years 2020-21 and 2021-22, taking into account the Covid-19 situation. The UGC stipulation of a minimum of 90 working days in a semester has been taken into account,” said deputy CM and higher education minister CN Ashwath Narayan who attended the meet. “A 6-day week is also being planned. The universities in Hyderabad Karnatak area, where hot summers are experienced, may advance the dates.” The draft will be finalised only after receiving feedback from all stakeholders.
The VCs feel it will take at least two years for universities to get back to their pre-Covid schedules.
According to the draft, fifth semester UG exams for 2020-21 will end by March 31 and classes for the sixth will start on April 1.
Classes for final-semester engineering in Karnataka likely to start on April 1
The exams will end by August 31 and results are to be announced by September 10. Exams of I and III semesters will end by April 30, and classes for their next semester will start by May 2. Their exams are expected to be completed by September 30.
Reopening of colleges for semesters I, III and V for 2021-22 is expected by October 4. Their exams are expected to end by February 28 and classes start the next day. The exams of semesters II, IV and VI will end by July 31.

Semester VII exams will end by March 31 and eighth semester will start on April 1. Results of the VIII semester are expected by September
10. Reopening is expected by October 4.
PG programmes
Semester III exams will end by March 31 and the next semester will start on April 1. First semester exams will end by April 30 and II semester will start on May 2.
The minister directed the vice-chancellors to submit an action plan within 15 days on obtaining NAAC accreditation and NIRF (National Institutional Ranking Framework) rank. “So far, only 50 government colleges out of 430 have got NAAC accreditation,” he said.

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