HRD minister Smriti Irani has urged the IITs and NITs to return the acceptance fee to candidates after taking minimal processing fee.
In what could come as a major relief to students, the HRD ministry has directed Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) to return the acceptance fee to candidates who block a seat during the counselling process but drop out later.
"The ministry has urged the IITs and NITs to return the fee after taking minimal processing fee," HRD minister Smriti Irani said during the Question Hour in Parliament on Wednesday.
The move comes in the wake of resentment in students over the new rule introduced by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSSA) under which students who withdraw from the process will not be returned the acceptance fee of ' 45,000.
Sources said a student will be refunded the full admission fee if he drops out ahead of commencement of the course. In case the student drops out after commencement, the fee will be refunded only if the seat is filled later by another candidate.
JoSAA ahead of the first joint counselling session for IITS, NITs and other government-funded technical institutes set the business rules for admission.
It meant that if a candidate wanted to seek admission to another college, he/she would have to forfeit the admission fee. The rules also did not allow students lower in the merit list to fill up the seats leading to over 3,000 vacant seats at the end of counselling.
Source: Hindustan Times