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The AICTE allowed technical institutions to deduct no more than Rs 1,000 for processing fee. But a student withdrawing after the deadline will have to pay for that term.
AICTE said that while colleges can consider UG exam marks for these courses, first preference will still be given to candidates who qualified through the common entrance tests.
Govt has set up a committee called ‘Stay in India and Study in India’ and tasked it with working out modalities of the proposal in consultation with colleges and universities.
AICTE had been offering 4,000 scholarships in technical education for women students from poor families, but has decided to increase that number to 10,000 from this year.
The council said no new engineering colleges will be permitted to open until 2021-22 and colleges have been restricted from adding more seats.
Classes for the new batch will start from 16 September. This apart, the number of counselling sessions for engineering & technical colleges has been reduced to 2.
AICTE’s appeal to technical education institutions comes after the HRD Ministry asked all states and Union Territories to appeal to institutes in their region to not hike fees.
AICTE has told institutions to instruct students to abide by social distancing guidelines and not take up any internship that involves travel or contact with outsiders.
AICTE has described as ‘course correction’ a new circular directing management institutes to either offer a degree or a diploma, but not both.
New AICTE rules ask engineering, management colleges to now upload prospectus on website with correct information, and sell printed copies at reasonable price.