MUMBAI: Students of an aviation training academy in Andheri have alleged they have been cheated by the institute, which charged fees ranging between Rs40,000 and Rs80,000 for a sixmonth course after guaranteeing job placements. In their written application to the police, they have said that the course dragged on for nearly a year and they were still not given jobs.
Fly High Aviation Academy had approached some of the students through colleges, while the others said they were contacted by the academy, which procured their numbers from their colleges.
A student, who joined the institute after Class 12, said, “I got a call saying I had been selected for this course with 100% job guarantee and so, I paid the fees and took admission. When I went for an interview through them, I was informed that I was too short for the industry.”
Catherine Joseph, the institute’s owner, said, “We are not a placement agency. We have tie-ups with several colleges and only provide job assistance. Students must have mistaken that to mean job placement guarantee.”
She said the students who have complained are frequent absentees. “They take long leaves without informing us and that’s how the course extends. One student also behaved rudely with our staff. We had registered a non-cognisable offence against him on April 27 as he would threaten us,” said Joseph.
Students also complained they were charged Rs13,500 for an internship with Air India in September-October, but were instead made to intern with a different company. “In March, we were told that the internship was not with Air India, but with MALS (Mumbai Airport Lounge Services). We were also told that Rs6,000 will be refunded, but the receipt said it was non-refundable,” said another student.
Another student complained the institute also sent them to work in a GVK event without pay, while other students in that event were paid Rs1,000. “We ended up working for free and did not even get a certificate,” said the student.
Joseph said, “We charge them for internships so that they do not leave halfway through. If they do, the industry asks us for a replacement. We also asked the students to appear for mock tests, as the DGCA also conducts exams and the minimum passing marks are 80%, but some of them refused to take the test.”
The Amboli police said they are recording the statements of both the parties. “We have called the students and the institute’s owner to the police station and are in the process of recording statements,” said senior police inspector Ramesh Khadtare.