UGC has issued an important notification giving relief to the students and said that any Higher education institution can’t submit the original certificate of the applicant students till the admission of the student is confirmed. In this notification, another important order to relieve the students has been given. Under this, if a student withdraws his admission from an institute then the institution will have to return his fees. Institution can’t cut more than Rs. 5000 for the student as a processing fee.
It says, “No student will be required to submit any original academic and personal certificates like marksheets, school leaving certificates, etc., at the time of submission of admission form. In case required, the institution concerned will only ensure verification of the same with the original certificates and these certificates shall be returned to the students immediately. No institution can take any original certificate into their custody.”
The UGC has states that the notification is an effort to help students, who have been facing problems during admissions due to coercive and profiteering institutional practices.
Issuing guidelines for institutions refunding a student for withdrawal from a programme, the notification laid out seven conditions:
100%: in case a student decides to withdraw 15 days or more before the formally notified last date of admission. Not more than 5% of the fees paid by the student, subject to a maximum of Rs. 5000, will be deducted as processing charges.
90%: in case a student decides to withdraw within 15 days before the formally notified last date of admission.
80%: in case a student decides to withdraw within 15 days after the formally notified last date of admission.
50%: in case a student decides to withdraw between 16 days and 30 days after the formally notified last date of admission.
NIL: in case a student decides to withdraw after 30 days of the formally notified last date of admission.
The entire caution money and security deposit, which are not part of the fee chargeable, shall be refunded in full.
Refund of fees shall be made by the HEIs (higher education institutions) within 15 days of receipt of a written application from a student.
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