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Yemeni partners in local institute alarm police

Yemeni partners in local institute alarm police

Author: Preetu Nair
Publications: The Times of India, Goa
Date: January 5, 2009

Security agencies in the state are alarmed on discovering that a private teaching institute in Panaji is being funded by two Yemeni nationals on a student visa in India to study in Hyderabad. The matter has been reported to the union ministries of Home affairs and External affairs by the Goa Police and their intervention sought.

Drawing the attention of the ministries to the functioning of "The Nobel English Centre" located in a residential building opposite Don Bosco school, Panaji, the Goa police's special branch in its latest report submitted that the institute's Indian proprietor has admitted that he has two Yemeni partners and "there appears to be gross violation of visas by the students and in the documentation of the institute".

However, Sunil Malvankar, owner of The Nobel English Centre, on December 29 2008, submitted to the police that his two Yemeni partners now desired to withdraw their partnership.

"A foreigner in India on a student visa can't do business or be a partner in a business enterprise. Since this is in violation of visa rules, we have reported the matter to the ministry of Home Affairs to take appropriate action," said SP (Foreigner's Registration Office) Tony Fernandes.

"The Yemeni partners resident permits issued by FRO, Hyderabad, indicate that they have entered India via Hyderabad on the strength of student visas," states the police report.

During police verification it was also found that most of the foreign students enrolled at The Nobel English Centre didn't have student visas to study there.

"There are 16 students in the institute, of which, 13 are registered with us. Eleven of them have student visas to study in other English teaching institutes. Besides, one student is on a six month provisional student visa and no institute or state is mentioned, one has a student visa to study BCom at Pune University and another to study spoken English in Pune," said sources.

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