Coming to the aid of Panchkula woman who was duped by Manimajra-based Shivalik Institute of Paramedical Technology by offering her a seat in an unauthorised course, district consumer disputes redressal forum, Chandigarh, has directed the institute to pay Rs. 1 lakh as compensation for unfair trade practices.
Jagriti Devi said she took admission in the course on September 12, 2002, and the institute's prospectus claimed to be recognised by the government. She claimed that she applied for job in 2008 but her application was not accepted by the authorities concerned citing that she was issued certificates by fake institute/board/ university.
Later, she also came to know that no statutory body by the name of Paramedical Board of India existed or had been recognised by the government, as claimed by the institute and also, Doon University was non-existent. Moreover, no course of nursing assistant is considered valid, so she sought refund of her fee in March 2011, but to no avail.
“The institute had indulged in unfair trade practice by offering admission to the complainant on false claims and affiliations and need to be penalised for the harassment caused to the complainant as well as the time lost in pursing their course,” said the forum presided over by Rajan Dewan on December 3, while directing the institute to refund Rs. 45,000 charged as fee for the course of nursing assistant, along with paying Rs. 10,000 as cost of litigation.
The institute, in its reply by way of affidavit, pleaded that no fraud was committed by it. It said it was affiliated to Para Medical Board, which was recognised by the government.
The institute said Jagriti had paid the consideration for awarding the diploma of nursing. No consideration was given for providing employment.
The forum held, “Instant complaint brings out the fraud played by the Shivalik Institute of Paramedical Technology, which had given in writing that it had affiliation for diploma in nursing, a fact which had been proved false.”