Hyderabad: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), on 5 May, released a revised academic calendar 2020-21 for technical institutions across the country. The council invited applications for grant of approval for the academic year 2020-2021 in February 2020 as per the Supreme Court interim order dated 31 January 2020.

The last date for submitting the online application was 28 February for new institutions and 5 March for existing institutions. According to AICTE, the approval process requires scrutiny for verification of documents, inspection by expert visit committee, compliance of deficiencies verified by the standing hearing committee/standing appellate committee, as applicable, as specified in the approval process handbook (APH). However, due to the nationwide COVID- 19 lockdown, the approval process could not be completed within the time specified in the APH.

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According to the revised academic calendar, the last date for AICTE to grant approval to technical institutions is 15 June this year. The affiliation will be granted by the university/board by 30 June, it said. Completion of the first round of counseling/admission for allotment of seats should be completed before 15 August and the second round of counseling on or before 25 August, the new calendar has specified.

Classes for existing technical courses, except PGDM/PGCM, will start from 1 August and classes for new students will begin from 1 September. Classes for current students of PGDM/PGCM will commence from 1 July. The last date for cancellation of seats for PGDM/PGCM students with full refund is 30 June. The academic session for PGDM/PGCM courses for newly-admitted students will begin from 1 July. Students can be admitted in open and distance learning courses till 15 August 2020 and 15 February 2021.

AICTE has also appealed to the Supreme Court to extend the date for granting approval to 15 June 2020 with necessary modifications in the academic calendar. Approval-related activities for the academic year 2020-21 shall be done online, the council stated.

In an official circular, the AICTE stated, “The institutions applied for EoA without any changes vis-à-vis last year’s approval, based on the self-disclosure have been approved by the executive committee and such institutions may download the EoA letter from the AICTE web portal from 30 April 2020, after uploading the student enrollment details. On receipt of the direction from the apex court, AICTE shall take necessary steps in granting approvals to the rest of the applications from the existing institutions and for the establishment of new institutions, using online meeting platforms for the conduct of scrutiny/EVC through Microsoft Team.”

Considering the exigency and extraordinary situation, the executive committee in its 133rd emergent meeting held on 27 April approved the new academic calendar for approval-related activities for the academic year 2020-21.

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