Chandigarh, August 30
The Chandigarh District Consumer Dispute Redress Commission has found the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) of Punjab University guilty of deficiency of service for admitting a student despite his refusal and failing to have reimbursed the costs. The commission ordered the institute to reimburse the amount of fees of Rs 38,000 to the student with interest and pay him Rs 10,000 as compensation for causing the mental agony and harassment, and Rs 7,000 as court costs.
Apurv Singhal, a student residing in Sector 48, in a complaint filed through Attorney Devinder Kumar, said on August 8, 2018 that he applied for the one-time admission into UIET by paying the fees of participation of Rs 40,000. The final seat was to be confirmed by the institute on August 12. However, on August 9, he received a confirmation call for admission to Chitkara Engineering College, Banur. On the same day, her mother sent an email to the Joint Admissions Committee (JAC) stating that they wanted to withdraw from the on-site tour and requested a refund of fees. On August 12, when he checked the website, he was surprised that he was given a seat at Engineering College, Sector 26, Chandigarh. He emailed again, followed by a representation dated October 11, begging for a refund of the fee, but to no avail.
The authorities of UIET stated that the Complainant himself confirmed his participation in the cash round and as a result, he was allocated a seat at CCET, Sector 26, Chandigarh, in accordance with the rules of admission . The participation fees were not paid to the UIET, but to the 2018 Joint Admissions Commission, which was transferred to the CCET on September 13. Since the complainant was allocated a seat, he was not entitled to reimbursement of expenses. Also, once the admissions process is complete, the JAC for that year ceased to have any control over any of the seats at any of the participating institutes.
After hearing the arguments, the commission said that it was very surprising that despite having duly received information from the complainant regarding his refusal to participate in the admission process, the opposing party (UIET) had admitted him. on August 12 and offered him a seat. With regard to their plea concerning the costs in question incumbent on the CCET, or the JAC-2018, these two parties were foreign to the complainant. The actions of the opposing party in forcing the plaintiff to continue his studies at an institute that was not on his choice/priority list, not responding to the email, not responding to his genuine request and not reimbursing no charges certainly proved a lack of service on his part.
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