Holding an educational institute based in Sector 38 guilty of deficiency in services, the district consumer disputes redressal forum, Chandigarh has ordered it to pay Rs 15,000 to each of the institute’s three students who were falsely assured their PhD research work would be published in reputed journals.
Disposing of three complaints filed by Ravi Kant Sharma, Rishi Pal and Kaka Singh, the forum also directed the Nirmal Education Trust to refund rs 50,000 to Kant and rs 60,000 each to Pal and Singh, which they had paid as course fees, as well as pay rs 7,000 to each of the students as litigation costs.
The three students had filed a complaint with the forum alleging they had paid fees to the institute in June 2012 for enrolling in a PhD degree program of CMJ University, Shillong.
At the time of admission they were assured they would be provided guided and synopses and their PhD research work would published in at least three reputed journals. However, the students said they were not provided any of these things and were instead told to seek a fee refund. Nirmal Education Trust was proceeded exparte.
“The Trust has not appeared to contest the claim of the complainants and has preferred to proceed against the litigants exparte, which draws an adverse inference. The evidence of the complainant has gone unrebuttes. Hence, deficiency in services is proved,” the forum said.