New Delhi: Higher educational institutions have been asked not to insist students on payment of full fee and to collect the same in three-four installments. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) said in a circular, “Institutions should not insist on full fee payment and collect in 3-4 installments till normalcy is restored.” All the colleges have been directed to display this information on their websites and communicate the same to the students through e-mail.
AICTE has also instructed institutions to share their internet bandwidth with students from other colleges, institutes in the area that lack a good internet connection.
“Due to the inability of certain students to access internet services, colleges/institutions are advised to allow students of other colleges/institutions in their vicinity to access the internet facility at their colleges/institutions. Hence, colleges/institutions may accordingly permit students of other colleges/institutions to share their campus internet wi-fi facility. Attendance rule may be relaxed in the light of lockdown and unavailability of good bandwidth in certain rural areas,” the circular said.
AICTE has also asked institutes to discourage fake news and report all such pieces of information being circulated to concerned authorities. “Various interest groups/individuals are circulating fake news on social media platforms thereby creating misinformation and rumours. Discouraging any such fake news and reporting the matter to concerned authorities would be the prime responsibility of all stakeholders.” It has also asked institutes to only rely on the information published on government department websites and those on education ministry, AICTE and UGC portals.