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Snubbed by Calcutta University, student moves consumer court

Sukumar Debnath, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, September 03, 2013
First Published: 11:55 IST(3/9/2013) | Last Updated: 12:02 IST(3/9/2013)

Uttam Chakraborty, a resident of Birati, filed a case in the consumer disputes redressal forum recently after Calcutta University rejected his application seeking admission in a Ph.D programme on the ground that his MBA &PGP certificates were not valid as per UGC norms.

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Chakraborty, who had completed his two-year MBA& PGP course in 2011 from the Institute of Engineering and Management (IEM) in Salt Lake, was issued a certificate for the PGP course by IEM and got his MBA degree from Punjab Technical University (PTU).

The latter has a tie-up with IEM.

An angry and aggrieved Chakraborty now wants the institute to return his entire fees of R5,32,000 and pay him an additional Rs. 1 lakh as compensation.

After the filing of the case, the forum has showcaused the institute, which in turn has submitted a written reply to the court.

The final verdict is yet to be delivered though.

Talking to HT, Uttam Chakraborty said that he had applied to CU for admission into its Ph.D programme on October 4, 2012 but two months later, he got a letter from Prof. Dr Basab Chaudhuri, the registrar, that he was not considered because his degrees are not recognised by UGC.

Replying to the showcause on behalf of both institutions, IEM director Satyajit Chakraborty had cited a Supreme Court order dated September 24, 2001 and another appeal to say that the prior approval of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was not required to start or run such courses.

He has, however, admitted that PTU does not figure in CU’s list of recognised institutes. He also said in his reply that it is the discretion of each university to select candidates for its courses.

When contacted, Satyajit Chakraborty said, “Uttam’s concerns are unfounded. We run our institution properly.” Sources said that PTU had earlier been a recognised institute but its recognition had been withdrawn after some irregularities had emerged.

But since the institute enjoyed recognition till 2009, the degrees of those who had enrolled till then, should be valid.

Uttam Chakraborty said, “IEM has three campuses. While campus I and II are recognised by UGC, campus III from where I got my degree is not, as I have recently come to know. But PTU is not recognised and I did not know this during admission. As a result, I lost two valuable years of my life.”

He also pointed out that the institution’s fees are too exorbitant. Rs. 44,000 was the tuition fee for four semesters while the remaining Rs. 4,88000 was demanded under other heads. This was an unfair and fraudulent practice, he said.


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