Higher Education Institutions Can Admit Students Twice A Year: UGC Chairman

Delhi/Hyderabad, June 11 (Maxim News): In a significant development, the UGC has taken a policy decision to allow higher education institutions to admit students twice a year, in January/February and July/August, from the next academic year.

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UGC Chairman Professor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar said, currently, UGC Regulations allow the Higher Education Institutions to admit students in one academic session in a year starting in July/August.

An ‘Academic session’ is 12 months, beginning in July/August. follow the academic session that begins in July-August and ends in May-June.

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The Chairman of UGC, said, “If Indian universities can offer admission twice a year, it will benefit many students. such as those who missed admission to a university in the July/August session due to a delay in the announcement of board results, health issues, or personal reasons. Biannual university admissions will help students maintain motivation since they do not have to wait one full year to be admitted if they miss admission in the current cycle. With biannual admissions in place, Industries can also do their campus recruitment twice a year, improving employment opportunities for the graduates.”

Earlier UGC had decided in its 571st meeting to permit biannual admissions under Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and Online modes in January and July during an academic year.

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After UGC permitted two cycle admissions in a year for ODL and Online modes, as per the information furnished by the Higher Education Institutions on the UGC portal, in addition to a total of 19,73,056 students were enrolled in July 2022 and an additional 4,28,854 students joined in January 2023.

These numbers show that permitting a second academic session in a year has helped nearly half a million students join their degree programs without waiting for one full academic year.

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Considering the tremendous response and interest from the students in ODL and online programs in biannual admissions, the UGC took the policy decision to allow Higher Education Institutions that offer programs in regular mode to admit students twice in a year, either in January/February or July/August from the coming academic year.

With this decision, Higher Education Institutions offering programs either in online /ODL mode or regular physical mode will be able to admit students twice a year.

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Prof Jagadesh Kumar said those Institutions that have the required infrastructure and teaching faculty can utilize the opportunity to admit students biannually. However, he made it clear that offering biannual admissions is not mandatory for the Institutions.

“It is the flexibility that UGC provides to the Institutions who want to increase their student intake and offer new programs in emerging areas. to be able to admit students twice a year. Institutions must make suitable amendments to their institutional regulations, he said. (Maxim News)


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