Fraudulent business by way of deceiving students under National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is reportedly prevalent in Mizoram.
Expressing grave concern over that development, Mizo Students' Union maintained that while there are only 7 Accredited Institution (AI)/Study Centres of NIOS within Aizawl district, there are many others who run NIOS illegally for sheer business. MSU said that it demands immediate cease of such deceiving activities and fake NIOS.
The MSU said it would take steps to ensure their closure soon.
In connection to the issue, Zodinpuia, president of Mizo Students' Union along with other leaders, interacted with media persons in Aizawl today and informed that they had lodged an FIR to Aizawl police against one NIOS co-ordinator who has created problems to the students.
The MSU president advised the Mizo students to be cautious over the alarming issue, saying there are many people who run 'Open Schools' outside the purview of NIOS Study Centre, which, he said, are illegal.
"Such fake 'Open Schools' charges high amount of money in admission fee, violating the rules of NIOS", he alleged.
While NIOS does not allow for monthly fees to be taken from the students, the fake Open Schools on their take a monthly fee of Rs.300 or Rs.400 per student, the MSU leader stated, adding, "These schools charge Rs.1,500 or Rs. 1,700 as admission fee per student."
Stating that steps are being taken to ensure penalty to the people who run the fake schools and outside the jurisdiction of NIOS, the MSU president warned, "If the people involved do not immediately close their fake open schools, MSU will take further steps."