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UGC Guidelines for Admission – Students not required to submit original Certificates

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UGC Guidelines for Admission – University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a notification to the Higher Education Institution stating that HEI’s cannot retain the Original certificates of the applicants at the time of admission.

Notification stated that, no student will be required to submit any original academic and personal certificates like marksheets, school leaving certificates, etc., at the time of submission of admission form. In case required, the institution concerned will only ensure verification of the same with the original certificates and these certificates shall be returned to the students immediately. No institution can take any original certificate into their custody. They can only ask for self-attested copies of the documents,”

Union minister of HRD, Prakash Javadekar said during addressing the press in the national capital that “We receive lot complaints every year regarding admissions, so in order to make it easy for the students they will not have to submit any of their original documents before the admission is confirmed. As the merit list changes and the applicant has full right to switch to a better college.”

The HRD minister also said that the student would get full refund of fees if they withdraw their names 15 days prior to the formally notified last date of admission.

The notification is applicable to undergraduate, postgraduate, research programmes run by universities included under Section 20 of the UGC Act, all affiliated Colleges and deemed institutions

The higher educational institutions will be penalised with a withdrawal of affiliation, deemed status and barred from receiving any assistance from the UGC if they fail to follow the directive.

New rules:

  • In case a student withdraws the admission 15 days before the notified last date of admission, he or she shall be entitled for a 100 percent refund. Some colleges which deduct a processing fee cannot deduct more than 5 per cent paid by the student, subject to a maximum of Rs 5000.
  • In case a student decides to withdraw within 15 days before the last date of admission, he will be entitled for a 90 per cent refund of the fees and if the withdrawal happens 15 days after the last date, the amount supposed to be refunded will be 80 per cent.
  • While the refund amount will be 50 per cent if the admission is withdrawn between 16 to 30 days after the last date of the admission, no refund will be given for admissions withdrawn after the prescribed timeline.
  • The institute can charge fees in advance only for the semester/ year in which a student wants to engage in academic activities. The education institute collecting advance fees for the entire programme of study is prohibited.
  • The varsity can’t force a student to submit their original academic and personal certificates like mark sheets, school leaving certificates, etc, at the time of submission of admission form. In case required, the institution concerned will only ensure verification of the same with the original certificates and these certificates shall be returned to the students immediately.

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