City’s Civil Service Coaching Centre Faces Fee Harassment Charge

Srinagar- Shabir Ahmed Mir, a graduate from Budgam studying to become a civil servant, has accused “Ignited Minds” of harassment over pending fee installment.

The said coaching centre is an uptown Srinagar-based Institute offering preparatory courses for civil service examinations.

For civil services examinations, the Institute has a norm of accepting fees within two Installments. But after Shabir’s request, it agreed to take the fee in three segments.

Shabir was entitled to pay an amount of Rs 78,000 in three installments, of which he paid Rs 32,000 as first installment.

After attending classes for a month, Shabir was told to pay another installment.

“I failed to pay the second installment in time and that is when the harassment started,” Shabir told Kashmir Observer.

Due to financial restrictions, he sought more time to pay the fee but he said his request was denied.

“On 16th April, I was called out of the class for not paying the fee on time,” he said.

Let down by what Shabir calls “marginalizing behavior” of the Institute he did not feel like studying at the Institute anymore.

However, talking to Kashmir ObserverIgnited Minds Director Waseem Raja denied the accusations and said that students are entitled to pay a fee within two installments.

“In case of Shabir, we agreed to take a fee within three installments as requested by Nazir who happened to be faculty member at the Institute,” Waseem said.

“The student not only failed to pay the fee on time but also misbehaved with the faculty members at the Institute and his brother threatened me with severe consequences.”

Waseem said he reported the issue at Police Station Baghat. In charge SHO Police Station Baghat Mukhtar Ahmad told Kashmir Observer that he talked to both the parties and the issue has been resolved amicably.

“The Institute has agreed to give more time to Shabir to pay the fee, no further action is needed,” the SHO told Kashmir Observer.

Meanwhile, another student, Adil Rasheed from Khan Sahab Budgam said that he paid an amount of Rs 80,000 as fee for a year and was denied a refund by the Institute.

“I was not satisfied with the level of teaching, so I requested them to change the faculty or refund the fee, they denied both,” said Adil, who is no longer interested in joining classes at the Institute.


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Syed Mohammad Burhan

Syed Mohammad Burhan has Masters in Mass Communications and works as City Reporter at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @syedmohammad313

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