Unauthorized status of Oceana IBS Mauritius, a college run by Indians in Mauritius, enraged a group of Indian and Nepali students who took admission in the college for courses in Food Production & Culinary Arts earlier this year. Now that they are stuck in Mauritius and fighting a legal battle for fees refund.
Only one student has managed to get the refund and returned home. But, at least 19 students are still fighting for their money back.
Students came to know about the college status only when they landed in the country. They were found that the institute was neither qualified to offer the course nor did it have the approval from the Mauritian Qualification Authority (MQA) to run the course.
Now the students are anxious to return home as they are running out of money as well as the validity of their visa is also expiring, allege students.
The condition has become so bleak that some of them have even been getting phone calls warning for not to make a fuss in a place where they have no family or friends.
Story behind the Scene
At the time of admission in a ‘Level 2 course in Culinary Arts’ that remitted $7,000 of fees, the institute promised them a British qualifying certificate at the end of the course, and a job in Mauritius as well. Students had to pay the money upfront in India. But, after they had done so, the college said it had no permission to run the course and offered them a different one. This one was called Food Production.
As this also was a Level 2 course in cooking and for which the institute promised a British certificate too, students agreed to switch.
But on reaching Mauritius, they were asked to enroll for an entirely different course — this time ‘Travel and Tourism’, revealed students.
Besides, without any delay, they were told by the institution to report for an unpaid work at well known resort hotels. Some of them had to work in the front office of these hotels while some in the bar and restaurants, and many others did washing-up work the kitchen.
These depressing moments of fraud with fake promises has broken the students completely and replaced their enthusiasm with anger. Now all that they want is to get back their money and return home.