By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA, May 17: Four out of seven Tibetan students who were duped of Rs. 40,25000/- on fake promise of securing admission in a Bengaluru-based medical college by its owner in 2016 finally got their money back after several Tibetan NGOs based in Bengaluru took up their fight for Justice.
Of the seven Tibetan students who were deceived by Mrs Chaithanya, who the students said owns 25% share in Vyedhi Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre in Bengaluru, four girls were able to get their money back after a long and arduous fight.
After heads and members of Bengaluru-based Tibetan NGOs along with the four girls visited the institute several times to talk with its chairman to resolve the matter, the institute finally agreed to return the money of the students at a police station.
The Tibetan NGOs include Global Tibetan Student Union, RTYC Bengaluru, Tibetan Legal Association, SFT Bangalore and Student Council of Bangalore Tibetan Youth Hostel.
The NGOs’ action follows a meeting organized on April 27 to discuss on various strategies to protest against the injustice meted out to the Tibetan students.
“A representative from the institute returned a total of Rs. 14,20000/- to the four girls in the presence of local police and a representative from the office of Tibetan Chief Representative of South Zone on May 16 and agreed to return the rest of the amount to the three students if they come in person,” Nyima, President of Global Tibetan Student Union told Tibet Express.
Though the students who came to the police station got their money back, their certificates were still not returned to them. The institute claimed that the Income Tax department took their certificates during a raid at the institute.
“Four of us who went to the institute with the NGO leaders were able to get back four lakh and twenty thousand rupees that we paid collectively, but we were told that our school certificates were confiscated during a raid by the IT department at the institute,” one of the students told Tibet Express.
The seven Tibetan students had struggled for over a year to get their money and school certificates back.
The students had met Mrs Chaithanya through Dawa Tsering, a Tibetan man whom the victims said had visited various Tibetan Children’s Village schools on the pretext of helping students get admissions in Indian universities. The students had paid the hefty amount to reserve seats and cover the fees for the courses, and submitted their academic certificates to Mrs Chaithanya.
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