3 Canadian Colleges Shuts Down After Taking Fees; Thousands Of Indian Students Impacted
In a shocking development, three colleges in Canada have been abruptly shut down after demanding students, also including Indian students to pay up hefty fees, leaving Indian students of these three colleges in Canada in a fix.
Three Canadian Colleges Close All of a Sudden
M College in Montreal, CDE College in Sherbrooke, and CCSQ College in Longueuil are the three colleges in Canada that closed all of a sudden after pushing up deadlines for tuition fees and demanding students to pay up hefty sums all of a sudden.
They issued a notice to the students earlier in Feb that they were going to shut down altogether.
CBS News Canada covered the story and reported that all of these three colleges are run by the same recruiting firm, Rising Phoenix International Inc., which has filed for bankruptcy.
Sudden Closure of Colleges Leave Indian & International Students in Distress
With these three colleges closing down all of a sudden, a swarm of Indian students went to the Indian High Commission in Ottawa seeking guidance regarding the issue.
The students were panicking and flocked to the Indian High Commission in Ottawa for assistance, as many of them were forced to pay huge sums of fees to the colleges without prior indication or warning, ‘only to have their education halted’.
“The High Commission has been approached by several students from India who were enrolled in the three institutions”, stated the High Commission of India in an advisory released on Friday.
It assured the students that it would try different avenues to retrieve their lost money.
“In the event that they find any difficulty in reimbursement of their fees or transfer of fees, they may file a complaint with the Ministry of Higher Education, Government of Quebec”, it stated.
As per the advisory released on Friday, the High Commission was closely working with Canada’s federal government, Quebec’s provincial government, as well as elected representatives from Canada’s Indian community, to provide support to the affected Indian students, stated a NDTV report.
The students were also informed that they are free to approach the Education Wing of the High Commission in Ottawa or the Consulate General of India in Toronto if they require immediate assistance regarding the issue, the report added.