The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has asked its affiliated colleges to refrain from demanding fees from students during the nationwide lockdown period.
“It has come to knowledge of AICTE that certain stand-alone Institutions are insisting that students should pay the fees including admission fees, during the lockdown. It is clarified that colleges/ Institutions should not insist on payment of fees till the ongoing lockdown is lifted and normalcy is restored,” the educational body said in a statement.
The Council asked the colleges to pay salary regularly to all the staff members even for the duration of the lockdown.
“It has been learnt that various institutions have not paid salary to their faculty and staff members for the duration of the lockdown. Also certain institutions have terminated the services of certain faculty/ staff members,” said the AICTE.
“It is clarified that salary and other dues to the faculty/staff members will be released for the duration of lockdown and also Terminations, if any, made during the lockdown will be withdrawn. Hence, the same may be strictly complied with,” it added.
The Council further said discouraging of fake news should be the prime responsibility of all stakeholders and that only information published on the official website of MHRD, UGC, and AICTE should be relied upon.
The AICTE asked the colleges/institutions to share their internet facility with the students of other colleges/institutions in their vicinity.
“Due to inability of certain students to access internet services, college/Institutions are advised to allow students of other colleges/institutions in their vicinity to access the internet facility at their colleges/institutions and colleges/ Institutions may accordingly permit students of other colleges/ Institutions to share their campus internet facility. Attendance rule may be relaxed in the light of lockdown and unavailability of good bandwidth in certain rural areas,” it added.