Anand Institute of International Studies in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh has been ordered by the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission to refund money to four students, (Sani Jaggi and three others) who were cheated by this fraudulent institute which had promised to provide them with jobs in a reputed university in Australia after they finished their courses.
They were told that visas to go to Australia would be given to them free of cost and they paid up Rs. 10,000 each for this as well.
But when they joined the institution in Jabalpur, they found that it was a hollow set up without proper teachers, no library, no basic facilities and was being run by untrained staff. They were also taken to do some vague examination in Delhi for which they paid up Rs. 15,000 and were cheated again.
They had also paid up two drafts of 850 Australian dollars and Rs. 40,000 each as fees and were assured this amount would be adjusted when they went to Australia! But they were not taught anything of value and the institution closed down in June 2009.
The institution was run by Shrimati Arun Pal Anand, Proprietor and Director, who refused to refund their money. They complained to the District consumer forum which found the institute and Srimati guilty of unfair trade practice and of cheating the four students.
This institution did not have permission, affiliation or recognition from the Government of India or from any other competent department of Madhya Pradesh to run its fradulent business. The students lost one year of their lives due to this shady college.
The district forum and then the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (to whom they went in appeal) alsosaid in its order:
The Anand Institute of International Studies shall pay the amount of 1700 Australian dollar as per the value of the same on date of preparation of draft and Rs. 64,400/-(Rupees sixty four thousand only) to each complainants within a period of two months;
(2) The opposite party shall pay simple interest at the rate of 8 percent at amount of 1700 Australian dollar at the value of date of preparation of draft and Rs. 64,400/-(Rupees sixty four thousand only) to each of complainants from the date of deposit till the date of payment.
(3) The opposite party shall pay Rs. 5000/- (Rupees five thousand only) to each complainants under unfair trade practice and deficiency in service.
(4) The opposite shall pay Rs. 500/- (Rupees five hundred only) to each complainants towards cost of litigation;
(5) The entire above amount should be paid within two months, otherwise interest at the rate of 8 percent will be paid at the ordered amount till the date of payment.
The National Commission also ordered the Institute and its Director through imposition of just and appropriate cost of Rs. 1,00,000/- (rupees one lakh) to be deposited by ‘payee’s a/c only’ demand draft in the Consumer Welfare Fund of the District Forum within four weeks of the pronouncement of this Order.