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Government should stop exploitation by self-finance managements: High Court

Government should stop exploitation by self-finance managements: High Court

Kochi:  Kerala High court on Tuesday asked the Government of Kerala to stop the self-finance managements’ exploitation of students who cancel their admission before completion of the admission process.

Government made law to make the admission and fee structure transparent and reasonable. Government even stopped capitation fee of the self-finance colleges for this.  Even then colleges demanding money like a ‘ransom’ is putting the students and their parents under pressure, said the division bench  of Justice VK Vinod Chandra and Justice VG Arun.

The bench ordered Mohandas College of Engineering, Nedumangad  to refund the tuition fees of 4 years they took from a BTech Mechanical engineering student who cancelled the admission after enrollment to this college.

D Thulasidharan Nair who petitioned against the college, saying his son TS Sidharth had to pay full fees of 4 years to get his certificates back from the college.  Sidharth took admission to this college on July 15, 2013.  But later found that he is in the list of IISCER Bhopal and can pursue the degree with a scholarship. On July 22, 2013, he applied for the certificates he submitted on the college.

But then the college management demanded a sum of 2.60 lakh, which is the total fees of four years.  Sidharth paid this money in order to complete the admission on IISCER before July 29.

But later he filed a complaint with Fee RegulatoryCommittee. The college replied to the complaint that the admission process had to be completed before July 15 as per the contract made between Government and self-financing colleges.  They also argued they have all the right to take full course fees since such vacant seats cannot be filled later. The Committee approved the college’s decision.

But the parent informed the High Court in a petition that the admission date was extended to August 15. The court asked the college to refund the fee paid by the studentwith an interest of seven percent.

The court demanded the government intervention in order to avoid the long legal process the parents and students had to undergo.

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