Going against a Mumbai University directive, some city colleges have “overcharged” candidates for PhD admission forms.
At least two management institutes — Chetna’s RK Institute of Management and Research in Bandra and Anjuman-I-Islam’s Allana Institute of Management Studies on DN Road — charged applicants Rs1,500 for PhD admission forms.
A directive by the vice chancellor issued in November 2010 clearly states that research centres should charge Rs100 for PhD admission forms.
HT has copies of the receipts issued by the two institutes charging Rs 1,500 for the PhD admission form. Admissions to the PhD programmes began in April.
Vidya Hattangadi, director of Allana Institute, said the institute charged candidates Rs1,500 because they wanted only serious candidates to apply. “We have only five approved PhD vacancies so we did not want to interview too many candidates and waste their time as well.” Thirty-six candidates applied for a PhD at the institute.
Jayashree Bhakay, in-charge director of RK Institute said that candidates had been informed about the charges. “We charged what is there in the receipt and students were informed of the charges earlier itself,” said Bhakay.
The student (name withheld on request), who bought the forms from the two institutes, sent complaints to the university vice-chancellor, Rajan Welukar and the controller of examinations, Vilas Shinde, on July 20.
“The vice-chancellor’s directive states that research centres should charge Rs 100. We have no complaints from any candidates of institutes charging any different as yet but if they complain we will look into the issue,” said Shinde.
This is the first year that the PhD entrance test was conducted in February after the University Grants Commission issued guidelines in 2009. The results were declared March 30.
Aggrieved students said that they had been cheated. “If the directive says Rs 100 why should we pay more? I applied to six institutes in the state and every other institute charged Rs 100 other than these two. It is a large sum and an added expense,” said a candidate, who did not want to be named.