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State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission Directs University to Repay NRI student

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The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission  has directed Sri Ramachandra University in Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu to return USD 18,000 (approximately 11.73 lakh) collected as excess fee from a Non Resident Indian (NRI) student who discontinued MBBS course from the university.

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The complainant Parasaran Rengarajan, had enrolled in the MBBS course in 2009 under the NRI quota. According to the petition filed by him, he had paid a fee amount of USD 143000 (approximately 93.16 lakh) in three instalments.

Parasaran couldn’t finish the course and had to discontinue the five and half year course after a year due to ill health. Since he had made an excess payment of 18000 USD, he appealed to the university administration to return the amount. However, the authorities did not respond to the request and never bothered  despite repeated appeals and writing to them. Following that, he knocked on the doors of the State Consumer dispute redressal commission. The bench comprising Justice Dr S Tamilvanan and K Baskaran, after the final hearing last Wednesday ruled in favour of Parasaran and directed the university to repay the excess fee. Condemning the University for Unfair Practices, the commission also imposed a fine of 10,000.

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