College admissions can be a very frustrating time for candidates and parents alike. This is made worse by India's education system and its irregularities.

All engineering aspirants aim to secure admissions in highly renowned IITs and other prestigious institutions.

Exam Maze

Almost all engineering aspirants apply and appear for different entrance exams like JEE (Main), BITSAT, VITEEE, MU OET, SRMJEE as well as other State Entrance exams.

As the competition has got really tough these days, it is has created tremendous pressure on the candidates as they have to prepare simultaneously for Board as well as entrance exams.

Engineering aspirants face the dilemma once the results of entrance exams are declared. Candidates who qualify numerous exams face the dilemma of choosing among the universities and colleges, while cautiously going through the counselling and admission dates.

Top- Ranked Engineering Institutes in India

Institution

Qualifying Exam

IITs

JEE Advanced

NITs

JEE Mains

BITS Campus

BITSAT

Every engineering aspirant dreams of getting admission in these highly reputed institutes.


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 Resulting Chaos

Below is a tabular representation listing various entrance exams with details.

Exam

Date

Intake

Result Date

Counselling Dates/Month

JEE (Main)

April 3, 9 and 10

NITs- 17,390,

GFTIs- 3,741,

IIITs- 2,228

Total- 23,359

April 27

Through JOSAA

3rd Week of June

JEE (Advanced)

May 22

10,006

June 12

 

 

 

BITSAT

May 14 to 28

2,000

Published immediately after exam

May 20 – June 30

MH CET

May 05

1,56,067

June 01

June

VIT University

April 6 to 17

6000

April 29

 

May 10 to 30, 2016

 

SRM University

April 19 to

26

8500-9000

May 01

May 11 to 30, 2016

 

As evident from the table, VIT University and a group of other private universities conduct their exams in April and results are declared by the 1st week of May while JEE Main and BITS exam were held in Mid of May.

This is where the dilemma starts. Candidates who have qualified VITEEE OR SRMJEE have to make a choice whether to reserve a seat or wait for other exam results.

What makes the Parents worried?

The candidates are allotted a counselling date based on their rank in these exams.

There is a lot of ambivalence in the counselling sessions as parents are asked to pay huge amounts to confirm their wards’ admission on the day of counselling. A candidate who does not pay is deprived of the seat.

If a student pays and confirms his seat but later on secures a rank at a more preferred university, he/she is allowed to withdraw. A specific amount is charged as expenses and the rest refunded provided that the student applies before the specified date.


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 Low - Ranked worry the Most

While it is easy for top rankers to secure admission in their dream colleges, it becomes extremely difficult for candidates who have secured below the 200 mark as they may not get admission in their dream college. This is the time candidates start looking for better propositions like VIT University, SRM University and many others. This creates a lot of chaos among the parents and their ward as to how to choose the best institute.

Claiming a Refund

The problem does not end with simply booking a seat. Consider the case where a candidate has booked a seat by paying a huge sum and at a later stage, gets admission in an Institute which seems a better proposition to the ward, the ward gets stuck. The sum paid in booking a seat in not generally refunded.

This certainly creates tremendous stress situation for the parents as well as the ward.

Legal position on Refunds

According to the Supreme Court judgement on the Usmania Islamic Academy versus State of Karnataka case in 2003, the following rules were framed as per the order

  • Institutions cannot retain the original certificates of students
  • Incase the student leaves the institute, the institution cannot retain more than Rs.1000 as proportionate fee
  • Institutions can only charge the fee per term, they cannot demand the fee for the entire course.

Is Education more of a Commodity?

Well, Yes the notion seems correct. Evidence of this could be found in an order of Bombay High Court dated 11.06.2012 stating that no refund of fees except for security of deposit can be granted if a request for cancellation of a seat is received before or after the start of the Academic session if the seat cannot be filled by the institution.

Is a single Entrance Exam the answer?

A single common entrance exam for admissions across the country could be the right solution to this problem. An exam like NEET which has been proposed for Medical entrance in India. The result declaration and counselling sessions should be conducted simultaneously for all universities. This will go a long way in helping parents and wards decide the right institution and course.

 

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