Royal Gurkhas Institute of Technology (RGIT) got its registration cancelled by the regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) on May 26, 2017. The news came as a big shock to thousands of Nepalese students who were enrolled in many programs with RGIT.
RGIT is very famous among the Nepalese community and employs around forty-five Australians of Nepalese origin. The CEO of the company, Chandra Bahadur Yonzon holds a position as Council General of Nepal to Victoria.
RGIT’s accreditation as Registered Training Organisation (RTO) was cancelled last week when it failed in audit process by ASQA. Australian media reports said the institute had made wrong use of government loans and is badly managed, “notched up an extraordinary windfall from a badly-managed government loans scheme”.RGIT’s COO Jonathan Hampton has expressed confidence that the matter might not even reach to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) saying it is- “is diligently ensuring through the correct legal process that we are compliant”. He also said that the institute will continue the daily work as usual and the classes will go on. In an email response regarding how the institute will support the students to query raised by southasia.com.au, Mr Hampton said, “RGIT will always assist our students to receive quality training and opportunity to meet their visa requirements even in the event of an unexpected outcome.” However, he did not explain as to how the students will be helped by the Institute.
The institute has already taken legal advice and has said that there are no shortcomings in the management and quality of education provided and hence there is no need to panic. In a press release earlier, the organisation had said, “Royal Gurkhas Institute of Technology (“RGIT”) has obtained legal advice and it strongly believes it is compliant with all its legal and other obligations. It looks forward to the opportunity to demonstrate it is not only compliant but that it delivers quality training across the wide range of courses it delivers and which it has successfully delivered to numerous students over many years.”
The press release by Jonathan Hampton, CEO also requested everyone to keep calm and approach the institute directly about any queries. One can mail to the head office at email@example.com or call on 03 86399000 during business working hours and response will be given.
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