AICTE Tells all Institutions:Charge Only For Facilities That Are Provided During Pandemic
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.
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.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has asked institutions and colleges affiliated to it to charge only for those facilities that the students are receiving during the period of COVID-19 lockdown. However, it has also directed that institutions can charge the maintenance fee of mess and transport.
The decision to charge for only those facilities which the students have been receiving during the period comes after AICTE received complaints from students and parents that some of the institutions are charging for hostels and transport fees during COVID-19 pandemic when these facilities are altogether not availed by students.
The educational institutions across the country have resorted to online classes to continue the teaching-learning process during COVID-19 lockdown. According to the COVID-19 guidelines, issued from time to time, the educational institutions have been closed for physical attendance since the middle of March. According to the new Ministry of Home Affairs Unlock-4 guidelines on reopening of schools, educational institutions and coaching centres, it said that these will continue to remain closed till September 30.