The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) on Monday said that it will take strict action against private junior colleges that conduct classes during summer vacations.
In a circular, the TSBIE said that the summer vacation would last from March 29 to May 31.
Officials held a meeting with managements of several private junior colleges in the state, that provide Intermediate education, with TSBIE Secretary Dr A Ashok.
The official said that no classes should be held, except for students appearing for competitive examinations, who wanted to clear their doubts.
The junior colleges will also have to submit appropriate documents for recognition and apply for permission to run the hostel, he added.
Just this week, around 12 private junior colleges, including Narayana and Sri Chaitanya were given show-cause notices for conducting classes during the summer vacation.
Of the 12, eight were reportedly shut down by the Medchal District Intermediate Education Officer (DIEO).
In November last year, the Telangana government issued show cause notices to 194 junior colleges for violation of guidelines issued by the TSBIE, Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Kadiyam Srihari told the Legislative Council.
The Minister was responding to queries from members of the House, who had raised the issue of student suicides in the state and asked what action the government had taken against junior colleges, who were the main offenders.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that the BIE conducted an inquiry, and found that daily hectic schedules, lack of holidays, frequent weekly tests and lack of proper facilities in hostels were some of the leading causes leading to stress and suicides among the students.
Earlier last year, the TSBIE had issued instructions and guidelines for all the Principals of Junior Colleges in the state.
The list of 14 rules, tackled various subjects, which result in stress on the students and may lead them to take the extreme step.