Dec 25, 2016, 02.30 AM IST
SPPU report finds institute has been overcharging students, violating varsity, government directives
The Indian Law College Society’s (ILS) Law College has been found guilty in an inquiry by Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) for illegally charging fees under different categories from students. A penalty of Rs 25,000 has been levied on the college.
During the inquiry, it was found that the college charged full fees from students while giving provisional admissions from the academic year 2006 – 07 to 2009 – 10, in violation of the university circular. It was also found that the college has charged full fees from candidates belonging to SC/ST categories from the academic year 2006 -07 to 2009 -10, spurning directions from the state government. The college has also imposed more fine amounts upon students than the maximum limit prescribed in ordinance 157 without following the due procedure.
When student Siddharth Sharma complained to SPPU in 2009, the varsity had set up different committees to examine the issue. But, when SPPU failed to take any action, Sharma filed a complaint at the Deccan police station under criminal conspiracy provisions in March 2016.
Recently, the management council, after examining, the explanation provided by the college and an inquiry committee report, took the decision to penalise the college. Said Siddharth, “After three hunger strikes and several demonstrations, this decision is finally out. SPPU had appointed the Suresh Bhosale Committee, the Ajit Mishra Committee, the Adsul Committee and the Vilas Kharat Committee. But, no decision was taken.”
He added, “There are many issues on which SPPU has not taken any action. From 2006 to 2009, the administration collected over Rs 3 crore for infrastructure development under the category of ‘other fees’, but spent less than 50 per cent of it on infrastructure. While the government notification says that prospectus can be charged for Rs 20, the college charged far beyond the approved limit. There were also many grey areas when it comes to allowances given students. I have raised this issue with the higher education department again.”
Vaijayanti Joshi, principal of ILS Law College, said, “We have filed a writ petition challenging SPPU’s report in the Bombay High Court. Since, the matter is sub-judice, I cannot comment further.” V Gade, vicechancellor of SPPU, was unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts to contact him.