An engineering college here has been penalised for collecting placement fee from a student who was not eligible for recruitment through campus placement.
The 3rd Additional Bangalore Urban District Consumer Redressal Forum found the Don Bosco Institute of Management, Kumbalgodu, engaging in “unfair trade practices” and directed it to refund Rs. 15,000 collected from the student, Deepak D. Nandihal, with 12 per cent annual interest from when the fees was collected, and an additional Rs. 10,000 towards costs.
The Bench, comprising forum president T. Rajashekharaiah and member Subhashini, upheld the complainant’s contention that the institute collected the fee “forcibly”, as paying the fee was made a prerequisite for allowing him to appear for the 4th semester examinations.
Mr. Nandihal, a diploma holder, had joined the institute in August 2009 and studied there till 2012. He was not considered for campus placement as he was 32 years old then (he joined the B.E. course while working, after getting a diploma), as against the cut-off of 26 years. His work experience and aggregate of 72 per cent in the semester exams was not taken into consideration.
The institute, on its part, defended collecting the fee, claiming that it was mandatory for every student to pay this amount towards training provided in the final year for the campus selection process. “Every student knows this when seeking admission. Those unwilling to pay are free not to join the institute,” it said.