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New Delhi: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has asked all technical institutions to refund the full fee to students in case they withdraw their admission in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the financial difficulties it has caused.

Different technical institutions have been following their own rules so far, resulting in some amount of the fee being retained in case a student withdraws admission.

The last date for withdrawal of admissions is 10 November, and the AICTE, in a circular issued Tuesday, has said that any student who withdraws by that date should be returned the full fee. The only deduction being allowed is a processing fee of up to Rs 1,000.

If a student chooses to withdraw their admission after 10 November, he or she will have to pay the stipulated tuition fee until that particular time, if applicable.

“The institution should not demand a fee for the subsequent year/semester from a student cancelling admission at any point of time,” the circular added.

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The circular, sent by AICTE Member Secretary Rajive Kumar, mentioned that the council had taken this decision in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

“As we are all aware, our country is going through a National Emergency that has arisen due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Ensuring safety precautions, during the threat posed by Covid-19 would be the fundamental responsibility of all citizens. And with a view to ensure quality education to all aspiring students, various measures are being taken up by government and associated bodies,” the circular read.

The circular also added that AICTE can take action against institutions that do not follow the instructions and refuse to refund a student’s fee.

According to the revised AICTE calendar, the last date for the first round of counselling for seats is 20 October, after which classes for first year students will begin on 1 November. This is also the last date for the second round of admission counselling. The deadline for cancellation of admission is 10 November.

Classes for existing students, according to the revised academic calendar, began on 1 September.

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11 Comments Share Your Views


  1. Sir Ihave submitted the fees of 300000 in Business school for MBA. Now I wouldn’t be able to continue further will they refund my entire fees??

  2. Sir i have submitted 20000 amount in private college and now i found that i can’t afford .
    Can i get my amount .
    Sir plz tell me if they deny to give then what should i do .
    Plz sir tell me 🙏🙏🙏🙏😭😭😭😭

  3. I take admission in Xavier institute of social service ranchi in year 2020 . I want to cancel my admission but college say fee will be not refundable. Please tell me my fee will be refundable or not. Please help me

    • I have also taken admission in Xaviers Ranchi.
      But want to withdraw my admission.
      Have you talked to them for withdrawal of admission.

    • Dear Sana,
      As per my knowledge it is applicable for AICTE Sponsored colleges (Pvt. & Govt.) NMIMS is Deemed to be University it may have its own rules and regulations. Please contact your college.

  4. This is a very positive ,rational and justified step taken by AICTE in the face of uncertainties being faced by the students.The private engineering colleges have collected the fees for the full year leaving the students will little options and are overwhelming with anxiety .Only if this circular would have been sent earlier ,it would have been better for the aspiring students ,albeit the students would still benefit from it.Thank you Mr.Rajeev Kumar for being sensitive to the current situation .


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