Mumbai: Consumer court orders college to refund fees

Updated: Nov 20, 2017, 08:44 IST | Sailee Dhayalkar

A consumer court ruled in favour of a fashion designer to get her a refund of fees and compensation from a Lower Parel-based fashion designing college, which was conducting classes for under graduates and post-graduates in one class

A consumer court ruled in favour of a fashion designer to get her a refund of fees and compensation from a Lower Parel-based fashion designing college, which was conducting classes for under graduates and post-graduates in one class. The complainant had also told court that the institute was not recognised.

Representation pic
Representation pic

Moumita Chowdhury, a graduate in fashion design from Kolkata, in her complaint said she applied for admission in WLCI College India Ltd and paid Rs 1,71,000 as fees on July 19, 2016, for the post-graduation course. Chowdhury stated that when the lectures started, she realised that the post-graduate and under graduate classes were conducted in one class.

In September last year she demanded her fees of R1,49,000 plus service tax back. She also learned that the institute was not recognised. It was not entitled to confer any degree /certificate, also there was no approval for it from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) which is mandatory. Chowdhury issued a notice to the college in January 2017 demanding a refund of her fee amount.

Since there was no refund, Chowdhury approached the consumer court. The Court issued a notice to the college and asked them to file their reply but they did not appear before the court. The court then considered an affidavit of evidence in support of Chowdhury.

The court ordered the college to refund the Rs 1,71,000, with interest at the rate of 9% per annum from the date of filing which is May 17, 2017. The court also directed it to pay compensation of Rs 25,000 for mental agony along with Rs 10,000 as cost of litigation.

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