For failing to provide job placement and treating internship as employment, the district consumer disputes redressal forum, Chandigarh, has directed Mumbai-based Avalon Aviation academy private limited and its city-based franchise to pay Rs 30,000 as compensation for deficiency in services to a resident of Rupnagar.
The forum on July 30 also directed the aviation training institute to refund Rs 1.05 lakh - 50 percent of the course fees, along with paying Rs 10,000 as cost of litigation to complainant Gurvinder Singh, hailing from Rupnagar district.
Gurvinder Singh had moved forum against Gurvinder Vir Singh, CMS Technologies, Sector 34; Avalon Aviation Academy private limited; and Mumbai-based Aptech Limited.
The forum presided over by Rajan Dewan, said, “Having failed in its promise, as mentioned in the registration letter, they were deficient in rendering proper service. Also, that the act of Avalon Aviation Academy private limited in engaging the complainant as an intern and offering him a fixed stipend for his such engagement and calling his internship as an employment was an act of unfair trade practice only to defeat the claim of the complainant.”
The complainant claimed that he was allured by the rosy picture portrayed by the academy in its advertisements and took admission in diploma in professional cabin crew services in 2007 and paid the entire course fee of Rs 1.05 lakh.
He was assured refund of 50 percent fees back in the event of non-placement.
He alleged that after completing the course, instead of providing a job, as promised, in October 2009, he was given an assignment of junior mentor at Delhi, for six months; and thereafter, another assignment for mentor at Mumbai, for a period of three months, from April 2010.
He claimed that when he sought a job in the airlines, he was assured that by the completion of the assignment, he would be got placed in an airlines.
In its reply, Gurvinder Vir Singh said no cause of action had arisen against it, as it is only a franchisee of Avalon Aviation Academy private limited.
The placement of the students after the course was in the domain of Avalon Aviation Academy private limited and the franchisee under no circumstances got involved in contacting any placement agency for placing the students.
They also claimed that they were no longer the franchisee and had since May 2010 left the franchisee.
Avalon Aviation Academy private limited in its reply said under the scheme of the company, the students were to be placed in the job, provided they approach for the company with their biodata, within one year of passing the course. They claimed that Gurvinder Singh, did not approach within one year of passing the course, however, despite this, he was provided job for six months and additional three months in its organisation.