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UGC announces biannual admissions to HEIs

June 11, 2024

Soon, Indian universities and higher education institutions will now be allowed to offer admissions twice a year from next academic year, University Grants Commission chief Jagadesh Kumar said on Tuesday.

This is in line with the admission procedures of foreign universities. At present, universities offer admission in July or August. However, with the new announcement, a fresh batch of students can also be enrolled between January and February.

“If Indian universities can offer admission twice a year, it will benefit many students. Those who missed admission in the July or August session due to a delay in the announcement of board results, health issues, or personal reasons can seek admissions in January or February,” Kumar said in an official communication.

Besides, an announcement by the UGC added that Kumar said, “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.”

UGC chief explained that biannual admissions will also enable the higher education institutes (HEIs) to plan their resource distribution, such as faculty, labs, classrooms and support services, more efficiently, resulting in a better functional flow within the university.

“Universities worldwide already follow a biannual admission system. If Indian HEIs adopt the biannual admission cycle, our HEIs can enhance their international collaborations and student exchanges. As a result, our global competitiveness will improve, and we will align with the global educational standards,” Kumar said.

“If HEIs adopt biannual admissions, they need to work on administrative intricacies, good planning for increased use of available resources, and providing seamless support systems for the smooth transition of students admitted at dissimilar times of the year. HEIs can maximize the usefulness of biannual admissions only when they sufficiently prepare faculty members, staff and students for the transition,” he added.

Kumar, however, clarified that it will not be mandatory to offer biannual admissions for universities and those HEIs that have the required infrastructure and teaching faculty can utilise the opportunity.

“Offering biannual admissions will not be mandatory for the HEIs, it is the flexibility that UGC provides to the HEIs which want to increase their student intake and offer new programmes in emerging areas. To be able to admit students twice a year, HEIs must make suitable amendments to their institutional regulations,” he said.

Inputs from PTI 

Also read: HEIs supporting disabilities to receive extra consideration: UGC chief

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