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UGC warns higher education institutions against unethical and dubious admission practices
A warning has been issued to universities, colleges and other institutions of higher education by the UGC since the authorities and managements of large number of such institutions had been harassing students by endlessly retaining their original certificates and other documents as well as non-refund of fees despite the withdrawal of the admission.

The warning consisted of withdrawal of affiliation, de-recognition of deemed status and being barred from receiving any assistance from the UGC if institutions failed to follow the directive of the UCG.

"No institution can take any original certificate into their custody. They can only ask for self attested copies of the documents," reported media recently quoting HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.

He further told the press that in case a student withdrew his or her admission within 15 days before the notified last date of admission, he or she would be entitled for a 100 percent refund

However, it has also been clarified that higher education institution charging a processing fee would not deduct more than 5 per cent paid by the student, subject to a maximum of Rs 5000. Furthermore, if the withdrawal happened 15 days after the last date, the amount supposed to be refunded would be 80 per cent.

I feel, it is really sad that altruism and value-based education instead of being guiding stars for education institution, they seem to have become exploitive, un-ethical and fleecing business enterprises.

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