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Gurgaon: Shiv Nadar School asked to refund hiked fee to parents

The divisional commissioner’s order came in response to complaints filed parents of Shiv Nadar school students to fee and fund regulatory committee (FFRC)

gurgaon Updated: Sep 14, 2017 23:06 IST
Ipsita Pati
Ipsita Pati
Hindustan Times
fee and fund regulatory committee,Education department,Haryana School
Earlier, Blue Bells group of schools and DPSG schools were ordered to refund excess fee to parents in July and August.(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE)

After the fee and fund regulatory committee (FFRC) investigation found that the Shiv Nadar school asked parents to pay unregulated fee in violation of the Haryana School Education Act, 1995, the Gurgaon divisional commissioner D Suresh has ordered the school to refund the increased amount immediately.

Earlier, Blue Bells group of schools and DPSG schools were ordered to refund excess fee to parents in July and August.

The parents are, however, not enthused with the developement as they said that school is not following the directions.

The DC’s order came on September 7 after several parents of Shiv Nadar School had filed complaints to the FFRC and district education department saying that were being “overcharged” by the school, which is located in DLF Phase-I.

Acting upon the complaints, an audit was conducted by the committee in July.

The FFRC report said, “The school has changed fee which has not been mentioned in the Form VI under various heads like meal fee, annual changes etc. Thus, it is clearly evident that the school has violated the guidelines issued in this regard and have changed fee contrary to what the school has notified in Form VI.”

The Haryana state government in 2003 had introduced the form for schools that include details about student, staff strength, income, expenditure, fee structure and plan to hike fee or other charges, school building and infrastructure details, including the number of classrooms and facilities available. The submission of form 6 has been made mandatory by the state government.

Meanwhile, the parents expressed discomfort as the school has not yet rolled back the hiked fee nor it has refund it. Parents said that the are inquiry report did not look into all aspects of the issue.

Parents’ body of Shiv Nadar School has decided to assail the DC’s order as the committee did not comply with the order. They said the committee did not carry out thorough audit of accounts for last two financial years in true spirit of section 158-A of Haryana School education rules, 2014.

A parent Dr Jitesh Sahgal, said, “We will write to the chief secretary Haryana to look into the matter. The school has not yet followed any compliance to the FFRC order.”

Meanwhile, the school management said that the FFRC order is in direct contradiction to an earlier audit and inquiry report by the Deputy commissioner Gurgaon in July this year that found no case of violation by the school in terms of excess fee being charged.

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“The fee structure of the Shiv Nadar School was presented before the Fee & Fund Regulatory Committee (FFRC) and there is no determination by FFRC of excess fee charged by the school. In its order dated September 7, 2017 the FFRC also refers to the Audit and Inquiry report which was submitted by the members of the FFRC in July 2017. The report clearly mentions that no excess fee is being charged by the school. The school is availing its legal recourse and has appealed to the appellate authority against the shocking order passed by the Divisional commissioner, which is contrary to the findings of its own inquiry report. The case stands subjudice,” said Col. Gopal Karunakaran, CEO, Shiv Nadar School.

“There is no violation of the Haryana School Education Rules 2003, by Shiv Nadar School. School is not charging any capitation fee and it is observed that income of the school is less than the expenditure of the school in the year 2016-17,” he further said in a statement.

First Published: Sep 14, 2017 23:06 IST