Institutes prepare new academic calendar While, some institutes have already started the session, others are hoping to begin as per the stipulated time c-Puniti.Pandey @timesgroup.com niversity Grants Commission U (UGC) has recently released the academic calendar for the 2020-21 academic session. As per the guidelines, the admissions tothe firstyear undergraduate and postgraduate programmeshould becompleted by October 31, 2020 and no admissions will be allowed beyond November 30. The month-long admission process in DU for undergraduate and postgraduate courses will begin on October 12 and conclude on November 13. The new academic session will beginon November 18. "The admissions, this year, will have to be monitored by forensic examination of students' certificates. Guidelines will also be released for the mode of conductingclasses forthe new academic year. Special arrangements will be formulated in case classes are held atthe campus. We may also have to rework the curnculum to complete the session nthe remaining period," says Bijaylaxmi Nanda, principal, Miranda House. Agreeing withthe UGC guidelines for starting the new academic year, Mahadeo Jaiswal, director, [IM Sam. balpur, says, "Academicsessions should continue with all safety precautions and guidelines, using the online or blended mode. Students should not undergo a year loss due to zero academic year." The institute started its academic year in August 2020 in the online mode and the end term examinations were conducted through the online proctoring system. For all the future STOCK Y | exams at the institute, the management is planning to implement the same online proctoring methodology. "Online tests offer transparency and withthe help of Artificial Intelligence, there is no scope of human error in inviglation. This also reduces wastage of paper, thus we plan to conduct online examinations, even after we reopen once the circumstances normalise," he says. At BML Munjal University, the classes for the new students in all undergraduate programmes will begin online from October. "The admisslon processis stil on and will pe closed before the date announced by the UGC. We have prepared separate academic calendars for each programme for existing as well as new batches of students. Depending upon the total number of teaching hours, as per UGC guidelines, we have released the dates of examinations in the respective academic calendar," says Manoj K Arora, vice chancellor, BMU.