Institution not returning fees in case of withdrawal of admission will have to face action- HRD Minister Satyapal Singh

Higher Education Institutes will have to return the fees in case a student withdraws his/her admission. Failing to do so will result in action against the said Higher Education Institution.

Dr. Satyapal Singh, Minister of State for HRD Ministry, tweeted today to inform that Higher Education Institutes will no longer be allowed to exploit students. Earlier, the HRD ministry had also warned institutions who are doing irregularities to face actions.

One of the officials told, “As per AICTE and UGC norms, institutions are bound to return fees and original documents of students in case a candidate opts to withdraw the admission. It has been often noticed that some institutions don’t refund fees or deduct an extravagant amount while returning. Such institutions will now face action. This could include withdrawal of approval and recognition of erring institutions.

This has been done to prevent professional institutions from exploiting students from “exercising other options of joining institutions of their choice.”

The Human Resource Development Ministry has instructed the All-India Council for Technical Education and the University Grants Commission to take punitive action against institutions, including deemed varsities if they fail to enforce these directions.

The concerned institute will have to return a student’s original documents and fees submitted at the time of admission. The decision is certain to bring relief to many students who are often at a disadvantage if they choose to withdraw their admission form an admission and have to forfeit the fee submitted since some institutes have the policy where they return admission fee only up to a certain deadline. This practice will be brought to an end since institutes practicing this will be liable to the action.

UGC has striven to discharge the mandate of regulating the standards of higher through the issuance of regulations, guidelines, notifications and other instruments. UGC Guidelines on students’ Entitlement are some of the initiatives that the Commission took to safeguard the interests and entitlements of students in higher educational institutions.

UGC’s public notice in 2007 articulating a procedure for resolving grievances of students related to fee refund and retention of original certificates was aimed in this direction’. However, in view of contexts that have dramatically changed in the subsequent decade and unremitting flow of complaints and so please from students and parents on issues covered in public notice.

UGC felt it incumbent upon itself to review its policy on this and other related student-centric matters. A Committee constituted in this regard has formulated an elaborate notification on “Remittance and Refund of Fees and other student-centric Issues” which was approved by the Commission in its 5th meeting held on l5th November 2016.

UGC has taken a serious view of these matters which have been brought to its notice by students and other stakeholders and will take strict action against universities and their affiliated/constituent colleges breaching the provisions of this notification.

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