Chennai-based College refunds Fees to Student
Warned of punitive action, including withdrawal of approval and recognition, a Chennai based college has refunded the entire fee collected for the MBA course from a student who left the college for a job, even before joining the course.
K. Kamalraj, an engineering student, was admitted to the engineering college in I year MBA through counselling on 19th August, 2010.
The student had paid a total amount of 44,500, as per college instruction on 18th August, 2010 by way of demand draft from the State Bank of India and paid 500 next day by cash towards application charges for which receipts were not issued.
The student was asked by the management to get the receipts after college reopening.
As Mr. Kamalraj got a job the very next day, he approached the college and received his certificates on 1st September, 2010. But the college declined to refund the full fees paid. Initially, the management gave 11,000 and then agreed to pay 22,000.
Mr. Kamalraj and his parents e-mailed a petition to senior officials of Higher Education Department.
The officials concerned wrote a letter to the college principal informing him that the institutions would have to refund the entire fee (after a deduction of processing charge of not more than 1,000) if a student left college before the course started as per the refund norms of All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE ).
The college was asked to repay the fee immediately and warned that any violation of instructions issued by the AICTE would call for punitive action, including withdrawal of approval and recognition of erring institutions and universities.
“The college refunded the entire fees within a week,” Mr. Kamalraj said.
“The government has constituted a high-level committee to look into the complaints from students,” says M.S. Palanisamy, Vice Chairman, Tamil Nadu State Council for Technical Education.