Students protest against Vogue Institute

Up in arms: Former students of the Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology staged a protest in the front of the institute on Friday, alleging cheating by the management during the admission.

Former students of Vogue Institute of Fashion Technology, along with the members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), on Friday staged a protest in the front of the institute alleging cheating by the management during admission.

“We were misled at every step during the admissions. We were made to join the campus in Bengaluru, and the courses not at all approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE),” a student from Maharashtra said.

“At the beginning of the academic year, they asked us to join Doddaballapura campus, where there are no proper facilities. Even more shocking was, there was no such course there. We asked the management to refund the fee and return our documents. Even after six months, they are still playing the fool with us,” the student said expressing her anger.

On Friday morning, when the students arrived on the campus, they were pushed out of the campus. Irked with this, they protested in front of the campus and alleged that the management was involving the opposition party in the row.

“The management called the members of National Students Union of India (NSUI). When we entered the building, they pushed us out, tore our clothes and warned us to leave the place. As we had students backup we managed to overpower them. We didn’t have anything against the NSUI. They can also join the protest. This is not the time for politics,” Jayaprakash, ABVP organising secretary, told DH.

By late evening, the management promised to return all the documents by Saturday afternoon. “We are authorised to return the documents. But the board members should decide on refunding the fees. We will write to all the board members and based on their availability, we will fix the meeting,” the officials of the management said.

The students called off the protest after the management promised to address their grievances on Monday.

NSUI denies allegations

Admitting the presence of NSUI members at the place of protest, Manjunath, state president of the unit said: “We just requested them to solve the issue peacefully. Earlier, we had peacefully solved many cases. So a few of our members asked the ABVP members to be calm and peacefully solve the issue. In the process, there would have been some heated argument.”

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