Karnataka High Court Rejects BDS Student’s Petition for Fee Reimbursement

The Karnataka High Court has dismissed a petition filed by a student seeking reimbursement of Rs 13.8 lakh fees paid to a dental college. The student petitioner was admitted to the BDS course in 2014 and claimed that she could not sit for the exam due to a misrepresentation by the admissions monitoring committee and the college.

The petitioner student, from Kollam in Kerala, had been admitted to the first year BDS course at Dr Shyamala Reddy Dental College Hospital and Research Centre, Bengaluru in June 2014. The petitioner sought reimbursement of tuition fees of Rs 13, 8 lakh paid as tuition fee and accommodation fee. and Rs 5 lakh as compensation.

The petitioner claimed that it was because of the misrepresentation of the college management that she was unable to sit for the first year BDS exam.

The college management, on the other hand, argued that the applicant was one of the appellants in 2015 and that her admission to the BDS course was approved by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS). The college argued that the applicant completed the first year BDS course and dropped out of the course and also applied for the migration certificate.

A divisional bench headed by Justice Alok Aradhe noted that on 8 December 2017 itself, the High Court ordered the college management to return the original of the Migration and Transfer Certificate to the petitioner, which was respected.

In view of the fact that the appellant’s admission was not revoked and that she continued studying for the first-year BDS examination, the board noted that the appellant should have resorted to the remedy appropriate to his grievance.

The bench said that Section 58 of the Vocational Institutions of Karnataka (Regulation of Admission and Determination of Fees) Act 2006 allows the Admission Supervisory Board to review any irregularity in the admissions process and that this does not empower the said committee to grant a refund. of charges.