AICTE Asks All Engineering Colleges to Start Classes From 15 September & Counselling From 30 August 2020

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    The academic session for newly admitted students will start on 15 September 2020. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) stated in its revised calendar, released after the 62nd Council meeting. The classes for the existing students will begin from 16 August. However, the first round of counselling is directed to be conducted by 30 August. While the second round of counselling sessions will be completed by 10 September. Moreover, AICTE Chairman Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe exclaimed that this is the decision as of now and this can be changed as the situation is now unpredictable.

    JEE Main and NEET may get postponed.

    PGDM and PGCM academic session will start on 15 July. AICTE said in its latest guidelines to its standalone postgraduate diploma in management (PGDM) and a postgraduate certificate in management (PGCM) institutes that the admission process will last till 10 August. AICTE has also asked institutions not to hike the admission or other fee for the academic year 2020-2021. The technical education council has directed institutes not to force the selected candidates to pay advance fees during the COVID-19 lockdown. Remarking on the revised calendar, Dr Sahasrabudhe said, “This (decision) is as on this date. No one can predict how fast normalcy is reached or pandemic grows out of proportion.”

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    HRD Ministry Ramesh Pokhiryal stated that the panel will take a final decision on the JEE Main and NEET UG exams based on the recommendations on the report. The panel formed to study the feasibility of conducting JEE Main and NEET UG examination will submit its report today. The HRD Ministry will take a final call on whether to conduct the exams or to postpone them based on the report submitted amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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