Bhubaneswar: In view of nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has directed the standalone management colleges to commence classes for existing students from July 1, 2020.
As per academic calendar released by AICTE, the new session for the postgraduate diploma in management (PGDM) and postgraduate certificate in management (PGCM) courses for the fresh batch of students will begin from August 1, 2020.
In the guidelines to the standalone PGDM and PGCM institutions, the last date for cancellation of seats of PGDM/PGCM courses with full refund of fees subtracting amount of Rs 1000 has been fixed for July 25. The last date for admission into the management courses will be July 31, 2020.
Similarly, the last date of admission in Open and Distance Learning Courses will be held in two sessions between August 15, 2020 and February 15, 2021.
The AICTE has also asked the institutions not to hike admission or other fees for the academic year 2020-21. The management institutions have been asked not to force the selected candidates to pay advance fees during lockdown.
For the first year students of both the courses, the AICTE said that if the examinations of the students of 2019-20 session could not be held before the lockdown, the mode of examination and promotion will be done as per the UGC guidelines on Examination circular dated April 29.
The institutions may start the session as per the new academic calendar online and can shift to regular face to face mode only after such notification is issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
The council asked all the educational institutions and universities approved by it to enroll the students on a provisional basis in case the results of undergraduate (UG) courses could not be declared due to COVID-19 lockdown. In such case, the students will have to produce the proof of successful completion of the graduation on or before December 31, 2020.
The institutions located in red zone areas or near the COVID-19 hotspots may start and complete the academic session as per prevailing situation.
The council appealed to all the institutions and stakeholders to adhere to the guidelines framed by the Centre in fighting against COVID-19.