Reiterating that no institute can withhold the original certificates in lieu of tuition fee payable, the Madras High Court has directed Vidyaa Vikas College of Engineering and Technology in Tiruchengode, Namakkal district, to return all the original certificates submitted by a student at the time of joining the course and had left the college thereafter.
Noting that this court on an earlier occasion has passed an order that no institutes can withhold the original certificates in lieu of tuition fee payable, the judge said, “In such circumstances, for no reason the petitioner’s certificate can be withheld by the said college, once he has expressed his intention to discontinue the course.”
Based on this, Justice Jayachandran directed Anna University to take appropriate action against the said college for not complying with the direction of the AICTE as well as the Anna University, regarding withholding the original certificate of the petitioner, who opted out from their college.
The petitioner Gowtham had submitted that on joining for B.E in the said college during the academic year 2018-19, he had paid the tuition fees and submitted all his original certificates.
But though he had attended the college for 15 days, he was unable to continue the course owing to his financial status. But when he sought back his original certificates, the college demanded Rs 1.80 lakh and denied his educational certificates.