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Colleges cannot collect fees for the entire course in advance

Friday, October 12, 2018
By Raju Vernekar

The University Grant Commission has directed all higher educational institutions not to collect advance fees for the entire educational programme and collect fees in advance only for the semester/ year in which a student wants to engage in academic activities.

This is as per the recent directions of the Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar to the UGC, strictly prohibiting collection of entire quantum of fees in advance by the institutes, which will be required to refund the fees, in case a student withdraws from the programme, in the following manner:

a) 100 per cent in case a student decides to withdraw 15 days or more before the formally notified last date of admission. Not more than 5 per cent of the fees paid by the student, subject to a maximum of Rs  5000, will be deducted as processing charges. B) 90 per cent, in case a student ecides to withdraw in 15 days before the formally notified last date of admission and c) 80 per cent  case a student decides to withdraw within 15 days after the notified last date of admission.

Similarly d) the institute will have to refund 50 per cent of the fees in case a student decides to withdraw between 16 days and 30 days after the formally notified last date of admission, e) NIL in case a student decides to withdraw after 30 days of the formally notified last date of admission f) the entire caution money and security deposit, which are not part of the fees chargeable, shall be refunded in full) refund of fees shall be made by the institute within 15 days of receipt of a written application from a student.

Besides, no student will be required to submit any original academic and personal certificates like mark sheets, school leaving certificates, etc., at the time of submission of admission form.

The institution concerned will only ensure verification of the same with the original certificates and these certificates shall be returned to the students immediately.

Also no institute can make it mandatory for applicants to purchase the institutional prospectus at any time during the course of the time of study. All institutes will be required to disclose on their website and prospectus the information regarding the status of the institutions, its affiliating, accreditation status, physical assets and amenities, course-wise sanctioned intake of students, various types of fees payable for different programmes, total fees payable for an entire programme, last date of admission, details of faculty, members of Governing Bodies and minutes of the meeting of bodies, sources of income, financial situation and any other information about its functioning, necessary for an applicant to make a fully informed choice.

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