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40 students duped by fake nursing institute
Correspondent IMPHAL, JAN 8:
Published on 8 Jan. 2011 11:03 PM IST
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40 nursing students were caught up in the scam of a fake nursing institute in Imphal when they were put out of final examinations conducted by the Nursing Council of Manipur, which began on January 1.
The nursing students of S. Kumar Institute of Nursing Research Centre, JNIMS road, Imphal could not sit for the final examination as they could not get admit-cards since the institute was not recognized by the Nursing Council of Manipur as well as other councils in the country. The institute has been conducting ANM and GNM nursing course for the past two years, luring the students by producing a fake recognition certificate to the Nursing Council of Manipur. The matter of non-recognition of the institute came to light when a student filed RTI (Right to Information) Act, 2005 on the institute. An FIR has also been registered at Porompat Police Station of Imphal East district following a complaint lodged by the student, Thokchom Kiranbala, undergoing ANM course in the institute. She was compelled to take RTI help when the institute collected a huge amount of money as fees for examination in the last two years since she got admitted to the institute. She alleged that the institute collected huge amounts of money monthly by imposing different type of fees.
Institute authorities reportedly informed students that they were to appear two different examinations during the first year of the two year course. ANM 1st year exam was held from December 1 and 3, 2010 while the final exam was scheduled to be held from January 1, 2011.
Thokchom took the help of RTI when she got suspicious of the genuineness of the institute. She, along with another student, approached Manipur directorate of health service by submitting application dated 20/6/2010 under section 6 of the RTI Act 2005.
Subsequently, the state public information officer (SPIO) of the directorate, in a letter vide no. 1/RTI/2005-DHS/8871 dated 29/6/2010 informed that the said institute was not registered under Nursing Council of Manipur and that there was no information of any existence of the said institute.
Earlier in November 2010, the authority of the institute allegedly forced students of ANM and GNM to deposit a sum of Rs.1,250 to one account number- 271010100020004 in favour of one Dr. J.P. Das for the final examination. However, the authorities later refused to issue admit cards to the students, and they were not allowed to seat for the exam.

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