Orders to close 2 Baijnath institutes

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The Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission today ordered closure of Aashi Institute of Nursing and Anit Computer institute, Baijnath. Both the institutes were being run by the same authority.

Three persons namely Kajal, Reena Devi and Reena Kumari had alleged that the institute had charged fees from them for undergoing diploma courses in nursing assistant on the fee structure approved by Alma Society registered in Madhya Pradesh.

Both parties were called by the commission on August 8. During hearing the management of Aashi institute admitted that they were also running another institute Anit Computer institute but failed to provide any documentary proof of the fee structure and no objection certificate by Centre, state or other regulatory bodies.

Regulator Sunil Sharma ordered closure of both institutes. Total fee of three students amounting to Rs 77,000 was also deposited with the commission. The institute also gave an undertaking that they would not run any courses.

In another case, the regulator told the institutions that they cannot withhold the original certificates of the students and should return these to students after admission on the spot and photocopy thereof be retained with the institution(s) for record.

The order came on the complaint of Shivangi Sharma who could not continue her course but the institute had kept her original academic certificates.

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