UGC’s directive that no original certificates need to be retained by the higher education institutes at the time of seeking admission has come as a big relief to the students passing out from class XII.

HRD Minister Mr Prakash Javadekar at a press conference has said that the students will not be required to submit any original academic and personal documents like mark sheet, school leaving certificate etc at the time of submitting the admission form. At the most the institution may seek to verify the same with the original but they shall be returned to the students there and then.

He also made clear that full fee will be refunded if any student withdraws his name 15 days prior to the  formally notified last date of admission, 90% within 15 days, 80% within 15 days after the last date, 50% in case of withdrawal of name between 16-30 days and no refund after that except full caution money and security deposit. No college can take more than Rs 5000.00 as processing fee. This will be applicable for under-graduate, post-graduate and research programmes.  The students will only be charged for the semester or the year they engage in academic activities and not for the entire programme. Purchase of the prospectus of the institute will also not be mandatory but what will be mandatory is having a Grievance Redressal Mechanism by the institutes. Strict action will be taken against institutes that do not comply to the directives.