West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Sunday, 27 September, said that the Bengal government will start the new academic session (2020-21) of undergraduate courses in colleges and universities from 2 November, after the admission process for first-year college students is completed by the end of October. While postgraduate (PG) classes would begin in December.
The decision regarding the academic sessions was taken in a virtual meeting that was held with the vice-chancellors of state universities.
Chatterjee told the reporters that the new academic year will begin in December, as there are many festivals in November. So it’s better to start the academic year from November and then observe the holidays on account of these festivals, The Indian Express reported.
However, Chatterjee stated that undergraduate courses will begin from 2 November and the same for postgraduate courses will start from December, for which online classes will be held, and respective universities and colleges will chalk out modalities, Indian Express reported.
The education minister said that the state education department will write to the UGC and ask it to allow the state to begin the new academic year from December.
Admissions to UG courses will be over by 31 October, the admission procedure in PG courses will be completed by the end of November.
(With inputs from The Indian Express)
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