AICTE asks all management colleges to start classes from July 1, new academic session from Aug 1

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The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has directed all institutions approved by it to start classes for existing students from 1 July 2020. The academic session for newly admitted students will start from August 1, 2020, AICTE has stated in its latest guidelines, Postgraduate Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) and Postgraduate Certificate.

The last date for cancellation of seats in PGDM / PGCM courses is 25 July. Admission to courses ends on 31 July. AICTE said, “Candidates for open and distance learning courses can be admitted from August 15.” AICTE has also asked the institutes not to increase admission or other fees for the academic year 2020-2021.

The Council of Technical Education has directed the institutes not to force the selected candidates to pay advance fee during the COVID-19 lockdown. The council has asked colleges to enroll students on a provisional basis in case the result of the undergraduate courses could not be declared due to COVID-19 lockdown. Students in such case will have to show the proof of successful completion of graduation by 31 December, 2020.

AICTE said institutions may start the session as per the new academic calendar through virtual classes. They can only shift to regular face to face mode after any such notification is issued by MHRD. It has asked the institutes to promote the first year students of the session 2019-2020, whose exams could not be conducted due to lockdown. The promotion will be based on the guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC). Earlier this week, the UGC released its new academic calendar and guidelines for universities.