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    Published On : Tue, Feb 26th, 2019

    This bogus college of Mumbai puts a student’s life in jeopardy

    National Institute of Event Management plays with careers of thousands of students

    Nagpur: This is heartbreaking tale of a student who was taken for a ride by a bogus college. Shyam was lured with lucrative offers such as placement job with hefty salary package, personality development and many more. Subsequently, he went to the college and got admission by paying Rs 35,000. The happy Shyam told about his admission to his relatives and friends. All congratulated him for his first step of success. But the euphoria lived a short life and vanished in thin airs shortly when a friend of Shyam told him that the college in which he had taken admission is in fact a bogus one.

    The live and the newest example of this fraud is Shyam Parik. Incidentally, numerous fake universities are running across the country in which thousands of students get cheated. But the case of Shyam is somewhat different. Because the matter is that of ‘Pride’ or Hypocrisy’ that is even taking the government as well as education system for a ride.

    The 35-year old Shyam Parik, with the aim of having good education and helping family, took admission in Andheri-based National Institute of Event Management (NIEM) for completing MBA course. Working in an ad agency, Shyam thought of meeting study expenses by himself and not bother his parents. Very happy after taking admission in this college, Shaym was eager to tell the good news to his relatives and friends. But his joy vanished in thin airs when Shyam came to know that the college in which he had taken admission was a bogus one.

    The episode:
    Shyam Parik had taken admission in Mumbai’s Andheri-based National Institute of Event Management (NIEM) for completing MBA course. He had got information regarding this college through an advertisement. He had made phone calls to the number mentioned in the advertisement and procured necessary information. He was told that the college was affiliated to Rajasthan’s Singhaniya University which is one of the biggest universities of the state.

    College turns out to be fake:
    Shyam was lured with lucrative offers such as placement job with hefty salary package, personality development and many more. Subsequently, he went to the college and got admission by paying Rs 35,000. The happy Shyam informed about his admission to his relatives and friends. All congratulated him for his first step of success. But the euphoria lived a short life and vanished in thin airs shortly when a friend of Shyam told him that the college in which he had taken admission is in fact a bogus one. No college of such name existed in the list of University Grants Commission (UGC). For a moment, Shaym did not believe this. But when he himself checked the UGC website and carried out a search, his fears came true.

    Petition filed:
    Upset over the development, Shyam went to the college the very next day and confronted the college authorities. He demanded his money back. But the person present there refused to return money and asked Shyam to complete his study at the college. Shyam spurned the offer and talked to college head Hoshi Bhiwandiwala. In turn, Hoshi talked with Shyam very rudely and said that “We are in no way concerned with UGC. We follow Singhaniya University only. We have not taken any authority from UGC.” But when Shyam refused to heed and demanded his money back, Bhiwandiwala threatened to take action against Shyam himself. Shyam returned home dejected. He apprised his relatives about the entire episode and later filed a petition in a court against the college. He has even shot letters to State Education Minister Vinod Tawde and other concerned departments and informed them about the dubious college.

    Shyam says that hundreds of students like him are studying in this college. Usually, students do not seek all the information about college while taking admission. But to save other people from losing their money in this fake college, he has filed a petition in Bombay High Court.

    He further said that according to UGC rules, no private university is authorised to issue off campus degree or certificate. If they do so, then this degree or certificate will be rendered invalid. A university or college has authority to only issue its degree or certificate.

    Many courses too illegal:
    Shyam further disclosed that many courses such as event management, advertising and media, BBA, MBA etc do not have off campus recognition. Despite the fact, numerous colleges conduct these courses openly on the pretext of latest and job-oriented courses and thus play with the educational careers of students. These dubious colleges hand over students a ‘piece of paper’ in the name of a degree. And the inevitable happens. The students run from pillar to post for entire life seeking jobs…

    Who is responsible for this sordid affairs:
    It is pertinent to mention that UGC had recently issued a list of fake universities functioning across the country. Furthermore, the UGC continues to warn thousands of students by issuing lists of bogus universities and colleges time and again. In the recently issued list of UGC, the name of Mumbai’s Andheri-based National Institute of Event Management (NIEM) figures in it, too. Despite this, the college is still functioning openly and putting the students at mercy of god.

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