Engineering college fined for denying admission

May 29th, 2008 - 7:48 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) The Delhi State Consumer Commission Thursday came down heavily on the professional colleges for their practice of insisting on depositing entire fees along with the application for admission, thereby preventing students from applying to other colleges. The commission also slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on a private engineering college for such a practice.

Holding this as an unethical practice, Justice J.D. Kapoor in his order stated that the deposit of the entire fees along with the application form by way of draft amounts to assurance of admission. If, at the end of the day, the student is denied the admission, he or she is left high and dry as the admissions to other colleges also are over by that time, and the student wastes one year of career.

“Once a person deposits a requisite fees, the admission is not only presumed but assured also, as otherwise mere application on the nominal registration fees is sufficient to decide the eligibility of a candidate for admission for a particular course,” Judge Kapoor said.

The case pertains to Kajal Rawat who deposited a draft of Rs.65,000 towards fees along with the application form at Galgotia’s College of Engineering & Technology in 2002.

When all admissions to other colleges closed, the Galgotia’s College told Kajal she was not eligible for admission and that she could seek admission under the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) quota by paying Rs.200,000 more.

Justice Kapoor said it appears that such a mechanism has been evolved by the institutes in order to see that the applicants do not go on applying to various colleges and are forced to take admission in their colleges by shelling extra amount, as was demanded in this case.

The commission has slapped a fine of Rs.50,000 on the college.

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