BENGALURU: Professional colleges in the state that charged excess fee from students who got admissions for undergraduate courses have now been asked to refund the excess fee.The admissions overseeing committee headed by retired High Court judge Anand Byrareddy issued an order on Wednesday asking colleges to refund excess fee collected, along with an 18 per cent interest per annum.
As per the order, the college managements have to refund the amount within 30 days of the order.
However, the Department of Medical Education will have to take a final call on this matter and direct the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) to implement the same. The committee has recommended a more rigorous penalty to be levied on colleges if they fail to act within the stipulated time.
Students were charged excess fees apart from fees they paid to Karnataka Examinations Authority at the time of counselling as well as transportation, hostel, lab, library and university fees that were charged for seats, including those under government, management and NRI quotas.
The committee has identified 15 colleges across the state that have charged excess fee for students who got admission under government quota and 13 colleges that have overcharged in NRI and management quotas.According to the list, the maximum excess fees charged for government quota seats was `88,445 by a college in Dakshina Kannada district (Sullia).