DNA | Last Modified - Mar 25, 2012, 05:38 AM IST
Pune: The Pune district consumer grievances redressal forum has ordered AHA Aviation and Hospitality Academy to repay to a student fees of Rs 1.18 lakh along with 9 per cent interest, an amount of Rs 31,626 as interest on the loan the student’s father took to pay the fees and compensation of Rs 25,000.
Forum president Anjali Deshmukh and member SK Kapase issued the order recently in a suit filed by Amruta Avinash Dhumal (20) on January 17 last year. Daughter of a policeman, Amruta lives at Somwar Peth police lines. She named the Delhi-based academy, its Pune branch represented through its manager (administration), director Akash Gupta and Daya Prakash as respondents.
Amruta’s plaint said she took admission to a one-year diploma in aviation and hospitality management after reading in the advertisement that the Cambridge University has permitted the academy to conduct the course in India. The fees were Rs 1.18 lakh. She paid enrollment fees of Rs 5,000 on February 7, 2008. Later, her father borrowed money from friends and paid Rs 30,000 on February 11, 2008. He took a loan of Rs1 lakh from the Pune district cooperative credit society to pay the remaining fees.
The course began on June 7, 2009 but shortly after that the institute was closed for eight days due to the swine flu scare. Later, in October 2009, the course was closed without giving any reasons. Amruta was promised that the course would be conducted and the students would get jobs.
On March 30, 2010, a student filed a criminal complaint against the academy directors. Amruta alleged that despite her demands, the institute did not refund the fees. The academy officials did not appear before the forum .
The forum relied on a Supreme Court ruling of 2000 in Charan Singh versus Healing Touch Hospital. The forum ordered the academy pay the compensation within six weeks.