Nepali student who lost his entire family to earthquake harassed by college for fees

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18 May 2015 00:35 AM AEST: A Bachelor of Engineering student from Kathmandu is unable to return home to mourn the loss of his entire family because his college would not return his original certificates unless he paid up his entire course fees.

Prashant Risal, a second-semester student at AMC Engineering College on Bannerghatta Road in Bengaluru shared his painful story with reporters on Saturday.

The New Indian Express said Risal apparently could not contact his family for weeks following the April 25 earthquake but learned only days ago that his entire family had been ‘wiped out’ by the 7.8 magnitude temblor.

The distressed young man saw his principal on Friday to obtain his documents because the bereaved student wanted to return home but the principal asked him to pay Rs 360,000 which was the complete fee for the entire course he was undertaking.

“My Class 10 marks card and Migration Certificate are with the college. I took my Class 12 marks card a couple of weeks ago as I needed it to apply for a passport,” he told reporters on Saturday.

“Even after hearing about my tragedy, the college is not budging. They just want money,” New Indian Express quoted him as saying.

He told the media that the college has confiscated his mobile phone and even threatened to report him to the police.

It is understood he is the eldest of three children in his family and his father was a teacher and mother a homemaker.

The incident has revealed that some colleges seem to retain the original certificates of their students so that they do not leave the institution mid-course.

The Hindu said the principal of the college claimed there was a misunderstanding. ““He had recently taken the marks cards for passport verification. Four days ago, he again came to us citing passport verification. I asked for the original letter from the Nepal embassy. Moreover, migration certificate is given only by the university (VTU) … He can leave the college whenever he wants,” it quoted principal T.N. Srinivas as saying.

This article has been updated: 18 May 15 8:15 am AEST, 20 May 15 1.22 am AEST.

23 thoughts on “Nepali student who lost his entire family to earthquake harassed by college for fees

  1. I agree with anonymous, there should be something we can do. Fundraising, support through institutions and various embassies should be able to help. The university, in all honesty, would not be bothered for the man’s welfare ~ but in terms of his situation, if indeed he has been orphaned as a result of the earthquake, then there would be a system in place by the government to support him. International Committee of the Red Cross helps reunite families and helps in special lcircumstance. May be a place to start. http://familylinks.icrc.org/nepal-earthquake/en/Pages/Home.aspx

  2. he can just leave the doc behind and come home as he can get the duplicate copy from school or college in nepal.

  3. he shd just go back to mourn his family… the institution action as communicated in the article, if correct is inhuman and the student shd also contact nepal embassy for proper help.

  4. i was the student in amc,…. they r doing buisness in the name of education…there is no value for humanity!!!… and principle is super god of evrey1!!!!!! should ban this collegess

  5. feel shame that I graduated from this college…! Since starting days AMC is just doing a business in the name of education. Wake up Paramahamsa Foundation Trust!!!!

  6. Even I am graduated from this college, after my campus interview in other college they took 4000 from me just to inform me weather I was selected by the company.

  7. Woww, This is a total Blasphemy towards humanity and ethics. I graduated from this college and I am aware of the sick and money minded management. But this is the worst they can go.

  8. Try to look for some ways to inform the PM of India. He has a heart as well as a head to come out with solution to this problem.

  9. Principal and trustees must be sacked on an immediate basis. Is it lawful for this college to take away cell phones if not the should now compensate.

  10. Be more matured

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    Its obvious that he does not could not continue with his studies and so he wants to disrupt his studies, the school duty is to collect fees.. hold opn to his certificates until he could pay his arrears.. itsvnormal business practice.

  11. Be more matured

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    Its obvious that he does not could not continue with his studies and so he wants to disrupt his studies, the school duty is to collect fees.. hold on to his certificates until he could pay his arrears.. its normal business practice. Nonetheless the institution AMC Engineering College on Bannerghatta Road in Bengaluru is heartless cheapo and seems like a sicko money face organization.

  12. This college made only for collecting money not for education so that this college name is Anytime Money Collection enginering college .

  13. I am well aware about this college. No doubt , they ll do such shameful act and worse of all they have not changed their pathethic attitude towards a student after years of my graduation.i made a huge mistake by studying in this college. Advise students not take admission in such college.u knw what its an a grade college without enought faculties.

  14. As a student from this college…the principal should not have taken his phone..he did it..cause prashanth went to the media…the college is well connected…police did not even take the guys FIR when he filed a complaint…and everyone who has to leave the college must give their orginals to the administration…for everything their is a fine..all they do is collect money…many ppl get uninspired after joining this college..cause the management is bad

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