PUNE: Senior colleges will have to return full fees to students if they cancel admissions before October 31, Savitribai Phule Pune University has instructed all its affiliated colleges following a notification by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The notice said that colleges had no right to deduct any amount if the admission was cancelled before the set deadline. Colleges so far deducted nearly 50-80% of the fees paid at the time of cancellation of admission causing a big monetary loss to the students.

SPPU, which has over 800 affiliated colleges in three districts, said that students could complain to the varsity if any colleges was charging any fine for cancellation.

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Secretary of UGC Rajnish Jain said, “In 2021, in view of the Covid pandemic, UGC had stipulated the provision of refund of fees on account of all cancellations of admissions/migrations of students during the academic session 2021-22. We had also asked all educational institutions to fix the last date of their under graduate admission process after declaration of result of class XII by CBSE so as to provide sufficient time to such students for admission in undergraduate courses.”

Parents and students felt relieved by the notification as it would directly benefit them financially. Subhash Rangnekar, parent of a Std XII student who has appeared for IIT entrance exam said, “This year, the entrance examinations have been delayed by many days which is causing effect on decision of students to confirm admissions. The state CET was also delayed while the JEE exam is also being delayed apart from that even the university entrance tests started late. In such a scenario, everything depends on the scores and outcome of the entrance exams so this decision by UGC is very welcoming especially for the parent community.”

There are some entrance exams that may even continue up to October so the results will be declared much later so this UGC decision would give all students a fair chance to make their choice of admission.

Jain said, “In order to avoid financial hardships being faced by parents, it has been decided that full refund of fees should be made by the higher educational institutions on account of all cancellations up to October 31, 2022.”

The UGC order stated that, the entire fee, including all charges, should be refunded, and there should be zero cancellation charges on account of cancellations up to October 31, 2022. Thereafter, on cancellation/ withdrawal of admissions up to December 31, 2022, the entire fee collected from the student should be refunded in full after deducting not more than Rs 1,000 as processing fee.

The statement said several entrance examinations including Common University Entrance Test (CUCET), Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main, JEE Advanced have been delayed and admissions may continue up to October 2022. It may cause financial hardships to parents, hence UGC has decided to full refund to students in case of cancellation and migration up to the given date.





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