Noida students allege cheating, college says they damaged property

March 20th, 2009 - 12:57 am ICT by IANS  

Noida, March 19 (IANS) Students of a private management institute here Thursday complained to the police about their college cheating them by making false promises of assured placements but instead found themselves booked for damaging college property. The institute termed the incident a “conspiracy”.
A group of students of Gayatri International Institute of Planning & Management (GIIPM) in this satellite township adjoining New Delhi claimed that the college had given them false assurances of a university degree and placements with leading firms after charging a fee of Rs.250,000 per annum.

“The college promised that it would provide a regular MBA degree. But when we enquired from Guru Jambeshwar University to which the college was affiliated, they told us that no college outside Haryana was entitled to give us a regular degree. They told us that the institute was only entitled to provide us a correspondence degree, which was not laid down under the college’s admission agreements,” said Sarvesh Mishra, a fourth semester MBA student of GIIPM.

“Further, the college promised us excellent placements at a good package. Only a few days are left for our MBA course (to finish), and there are no placements in sight. We paid the full fees at the start of the course and many of us are studying here on education loans. But the college has been cheating us,” he said.

“When we approached the media and police, a college official asked us why we went there and beat up one of us. Some students then retaliated and broke some window panes of the institute,” Mishra said.

The police, till evening, did not register any case against the college management, but booked two students for damaging college property.

“We are looking into the matter. A formal enquiry has been launched. The students damaged property and our first job was to book those responsible for the violence,” said Parmesh Shukla, station house officer of the Sector 20 police station.

The institute described the incident as a “conspiracy” hatched by a former teacher who had been sacked.

“The college had removed a teacher, Rajesh Gupta, some six month back. Today, he conspired with some students who went to the police after damaging our property. The students had not finished their course and intended to disrupt our expansion process,” said Shishu Pal Shankar, dean (administration) of GIIPM.

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