In a major embarrassment, the National Institute of Paramedical Technology (NIPMT) in Shillong has been directed to close down temporarily to facilitate investigation into allegations of being a ‘fake’ institution.
The order came after parents and members of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) demonstrated outside the NIPMT on Thursday demanding refund of fees for various courses, including medical laboratory technician, nursing assistant, X-ray and ECG technicians.
KSU leaders also sought clarification from the NIPMT authorities on the allegation that the certificates issued to students were not accepted when they applied for jobs or admission in other institutes.
Meanwhile, NIPMT director Hrishikesh Shahi said the institute was started in 2009 and is under the Bharat Sevak Samaj, a national development agency recognized by the Planning Commission of India.
He also disclosed that identity cards of students are issued from Delhi and the diploma certificates are issued by the Samaj.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister A L Hek told the media that he would set up a fact-finding committee to unearth the truth.
Hek also said that necessary disciplinary action would be taken against the institution if any anomaly is found.