"The institution shall not hike admission fees for the academic year 2020-21 and should not force selected candidates to pay advance fees during lockdown," he added.
Universities and schools across the country have been closed and exams postponed since March 16 when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as one of the measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
Later, a nationwide lockdown
was announced on March 24, which has now been extended till May 17.
"Due to the shutdown of all educational institutions, some universities could not conduct final year examinations of undergraduate courses or could not declare results. In such cases, provisional admission of students may be given and the students shall produce proof of successful completion of graduation before December 31," Kumar added.
The death toll due to Covid-19 in the country rose to 1,783 while the number of cases climbed to 52,952 on Thursday, registering an increase of 89 deaths and 3,561 cases in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said.