A nursing academy in Manipur's Porampat town has turned out to be a fake institute which has reportedly cheated many students.
The matter came to light when the authorities of the S. Kumar Nursing Institute failed to issue original admission cards to its students, with examinations just a few days away.
Activists of the Democratic Students' Alliance Manipur (DESAM) threatened a complete shutdown of the academy if the officials failed to rectify the irregularity.
Students have appealed to all concerned to take up necessary action against the authorities of the institute.
"The school is not recognized by authorities. The founder of the institute made duplicate and fake admit cards and distributed them among the students. We have lodged complaints in the institute, and are protesting for this reason," said Tonibala Devi, a student.
According to students, officials had maintained that it was affiliated to the National Institute of Medical Sciences situated in Silchar, but contrary reports have marred this claim.
Moreover, DESAM activists alleged that the authorities refused to show the affiliation papers when demanded.
Setting a deadline for three days, the DESAM has demanded that the institute officials immediately communicate with the family members of the students, failing which the premises of the academy would be completely blocked by its activists.
"The students were going to give their exams but are unable to do so since they have fake admit cards. Many students have complained to us regarding this," said Islauddin, Vice-President of DESAM.
The institute charges admission fees of Rs. 26,000 and Rs. 36,000 per student for its two courses.
So far, the institute has collected nearly Rs. 2.8 million from its students in the past one year.
They are also running a paramedical and acupressure hospital in the same institute.
A trust comprising the Managing Director Yumnam Surjitkumar and other trustees Yumnam Dilip, Yumnam Ingba and Devananda operate the institute.