RUIA College, which was recently adjudged as the “college of excellence” by the University Grants Commission (UGC), has now been accused of charging capitation fees from its students.
A student complained to the Students’ Grievance and Redressal Cell (SGRC) of Mumbai University, alleging that the college was collecting additional fees to the tune of Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,000 under various heads, including internet facility, stationery, laboratory kit, journals, manuals and lab coat, for the past five years. Students alleged that they have already paid for these facilities under the original fee structure. The SGRC has now asked the college to refund the money collected from the student.
“When we approached the college administration, they asked us to leave the college if we did not want to pay the additional fees,” said a third year student of BSc, who had to pay Rs 3,000.
The SGRC conducted hearings in the matter and on February 28, 2014, an order was passed in favour of the complainant.
“A classmate had approached the SGRC of Mumbai University and the order was in his favour. But the college has still not refunded the money to him. On March 13, we wrote an anonymous letter to the vice-chancellor, with a view to apprise him about this violation. We are yet to receive a response,” said a third year student of BMM, who had to pay Rs 1,500.
The students have now approached Prahar Vidyarthi Sanghatana, a students’ organisation. “The college has been collecting additional fees since 2009. They must refund the money,” said Manoj Tekade, Prahar state president.
Suhas Pednekar, principal of Ruia College, said the complainant, along with organisation, were trying to malign the institute’s name. “In the beginning of the year, we call parents and show them what are the fees that they are paying and what are the expenses incurred by the college. With the consensus of parents, we provide additional facilities to the students. Half of the cost of these facilities is paid by the parents and the rest is taken care of by the college management. We are going to appeal against the order of the SGRC and ask its members to reconsider it,” said Pednekar.