The All India Council for Technical Education [AICTE] has recently released an official notification. AICTE has revised its academic calendar for the ongoing academic session 2020-21. As per the latest notification, the new academic session for various engineering courses will commence from 1st December 2020. The final date of admission to 1st year engineering courses has been extended till 30th November 2020.
The official notification states, ‘Due to prolonged emergent conditions in the country and requests from various state governments and ongoing admission process of llTs and NITs, the council has extended the last date of admission to first-year engineering courses (UG and Diploma lateral entry) to November 30.’ Previously, the council had scheduled to commence the session for pharmacy, architecture, engineering, and other courses from 16th August for existing students.
For the new batch of engineering students, the academic session will begin from 15th September, as per the earlier schedule. Considering the health and safety of the students and the staff, the council has extended the admission date. To compensate for the loss of academic time, the University Grants Commission had asked colleges to teach 6 days a week and reduce the winter break this year and the summer vacation next year.
AICTE decided to extend the admission schedule upon receiving copious requests from different state governments and popular engineering institutes such as IITs and NITs that are currently in the middle of providing admissions to the students into various engineering courses. UGC issued a notification last month. As per the notice, ‘All the universities may follow a 6-day week pattern for the academic session 2020-21 and 2021-2022 to compensate the loss for this batch of students.’
As per the AICTE statement, the altered schedule will be applicable to the students who are willing to take admissions into various UG and Diploma Engineering courses. Earlier, AICTE asked institutions to admit candidates temporarily until the declaration of their UG courses. Even, it had asked the institutions not to increase their tuition fee during the current academic year considering the COVID-19 crisis that led to the financial burden.
After deferring the All India level entrance exam several times, the concerned authorities have conducted the JEE Mains exam between 1st and 6th September 2020. Due to the delay in holding the JEE Mains exam, the following JEE Advanced exam has got deferred. On 27th September, the officials have organized JEE Advanced exam. Depending on the score acquired by the students in the Mains and Advanced exams, the authorities will provide admissions into various engineering institutes.
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