AICTE warns colleges on fee refund
By D Suresh Kumar | Published: 04th October 2012 11:08 AM |
Engineering colleges and technical institutions including those offering management and catering programmes may lose the AICTE’s approval if they fail to refund fees to students who withdraw from the course.
The AICTE (Grant of Approvals for Technical Institutions) Regulations 2012 notified a few days ago warns that institutions which do not adhere to the guidelines regarding refund of fees on cancellation of admissions or delay refunds shall be liable for punitive action.
The likely action would include withdrawal of approval granted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for the programme or the course. Alternatively, the regulatory agency could stop admissions in the course concerned for one academic year or suspend the approval for supernumerary seats, if any, for an academic year. Besides, the college might be fined up to twice the amount of fees collected per student.
Presently, self-financing colleges and deemed universities rarely refund fees when students withdraw from a course even if they choose to discontinue before the commencement of classes in an academic year.
Many institutions withhold the Transfer Certificate (TC) and academic certificates of students who wish to discontinue unless they pay the fees for the entire duration of the course.
“Such institutions may also attract a penalty of five times the total fees collected per student for each excess admission,” an official said.
Similarly, colleges which do not have a qualified principal / director for more than 18 months might be barred from admitting students for one year.