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October 10, 2018

India's University Grants Commission (UGC) Cracks the Whip on Universities; Directs Each to Streamline its Admission Process and Disclose its True Worth to the Public, Or Face the Prescribed Punishment

University Grants Commission, India

University Grants Commission, India


Photo: The Chairman, University Grants Commission of India (UGC), Prof. D. P. Singh; Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Satya Pal Singh; and the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, releasing the Higher Educational Profile 2017-18, at the National Conference of Vice-Chancellors and Directors, in New Delhi on July 27, 2018. [File Photo]

New Delhi, October 10, 2018 — India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) is cracking the whip on universities by issuing stern directions on how they should treat the Admission Seekers. This was disclosed by the Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, at a press conference in New Delhi today. The University Grants Commission (UGC) would issue a Notification on refund of fees and non-retention of original certificates by Higher Education Institutions to facilitate students in their admission.

The University Grants Commission Notification on Refund of Fees and Non-Retention of Original Certificates is being brought out for the facilitation of the students. Now no student will be required to submit an original academic and personal certificates at the time of submission of admission form and Students’ will get the refund of fee from the Institution if they withdraw their admission from the programme. This notification shall apply to Under Graduate, Post Graduate and Research Programmes run by Universities included under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, all Colleges under their affiliating domain and Institutions declared as Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the UGC Act.

Salient features of the Notification:

The HEIs (Higher Education Institutions) can charge fees in advance only for the semester/ year in which a student wants to engage in academic activities. Collecting advance fees for the entire programme of study is strictly prohibited.

The institute will be required to refund the fees, in case a student withdraws from the programme, in the following manner:

No student will be required to submit an original academic and personal certificates like mark sheets, and school leaving certificates at the time of submission of admission form. In case it is needed, the institution concerned will only ensure verification of the same with the original certificates and these shall be returned to the students immediately. No institution can take an original document into their custody.

No HEI can make it mandatory for applicants to purchase the institutional prospectus at any time during the time of the study.

To make an applicant choose an institution wisely, all HEIs will be required to disclose on their website and prospectus the following information:

All HEIs will be mandatorily required to have a Grievance Redressal Mechanism (GRM), according to the provisions of the UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulations, 2012. This GRM shall be available on the HEI website, and the HEIs will be required to ensure that all grievance received are addressed within 30 days.

This notification provides for initiation of the following strict punitive actions by the Commission against defaulting HEIs:

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

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