College can forfeit fee on withdrawal of admission

A college or university can forfeit the admission fee of a candidate who wishes to withdraw his admission from the institute.

New Delhi: A college or university can forfeit
the admission fee of a candidate who wishes to withdraw his
admission from the institute but does not apply for refund
before the next counselling for the same course, a district
consumer forum has held.

A District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum bench
presided by Babu Lal dismissed the complaint filed by Ravi
Kant Sharma, who sought refund of Rs 58,000, which he had paid
as fee while taking admission in a MCA course in Guru Gobind
Singh Indraprastha University in 2007.

"Since the candidate did not withdraw admission by the
prescribed date before the second counselling, the University
was not in a position to offer his seat to any other deserving
candidate in the next counselling after which no admission
could have been effected," the bench said.

Sharma, a month after taking the admission had decided to
withdraw his admission but he applied for a refund of fees, 12
days after the second counselling. He demanded refund of fee
contending that the seat had been filled up later.

The counsel appearing for the University, however, filed
an affidavit proving that one seat remained vacant through out
the year.

The consumer forum refused to grant any relief to Sharma
noting that his delay in withdrawing the admission had in fact
led to wastage of one seat.

"It has been proved by the university that the seat of the
complainant remained vacant throughout the year, therefore it
cannot be said that it has gained double benefit by giving
admission to other student on account of withdrawal of
admission by the complainant.

"On the contrary, by withdrawing the admission after the
date was fixed for withdrawal, he has caused harm to other
deserving candidate who could have got admission if the
complainant had withdrawn his admission on time," it said.

PTI

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