3 More Commit Suicide – As Guyana University Linked to Major Scam
3 More Commit Suicide – As Guyana University Linked to Major Scam: Three more students from India who had paid monies to attend the Alexander American University in Guyana are reported to have killed themselves between Tuesday and today, after discovering that the Guyana-based offshore university was being operated by now-imprisoned scammer Venkata Rao Gopi, who was arrested last Friday in Barbados after news surfaced that he is one of India’s most wanted Fraudsters.
This now brings the total number of students to have committed suicide as it relates to Alexander American University and its Barbados counterpart, Washington American University, to a total of 7 deaths in ten days.
It was widely reported that Gopi had fleeced hundreds of students in India, and took their monies to set up the Alexander American University in Guyana and the Washington University in Barbados, laundering millions of scam dollars in the process.
Some 200 students who had paid monies in India and more than fifty who had paid monies in Nigeria are now stuck with nothing more than zero-value payment receipts and admission slips to the bogus Guyana university and its subsidiary in Barbados.
Some of the students told the Guyana Guardian that they were to be assigned to another offshore medical university in Guyana, from which they are now trying to recover monies that were paid through Gopi.
The other offshore university in question had been in the news repeatedly, and students are coming forward with new information that has linked that university’s recruitment practices to Venkata Rao Gopi.
While many of the defrauded students were forced to resort to counselling, this publication has been reliably informed that a total of 7 students and two parents have since committed suicide as a result of realizing that they are now left with 10-year mortgages for a medical degree that would no longer be.
It is a widely known fact that many of the students became distressed, knowing that their parents had taken out loans, sold their worldly possessions, and created humongous debts to pay fees for them to attend the bogus University in Guyana and Barbados respectively.
Now, they are in a state of despair, as the Alexander American University which is housed at Buddy’s on Sheriff Street, Georgetown will have to be shuttered.
It is understood that the bogus university owed Buddy’s Shivraj millions of dollars in unpaid rent, forcing the businessman to serve them legal notices to move.
Interestingly, the fly-by-night offshore university was easily granted accreditation status by Guyana’s National Accreditation Council, a fact that continues to baffle many of the students, who accused the body of being part and parcel to an international fraud.
“How can Guyana’s National Accreditation Council (NAC) accredit a bogus university, knowing fully well that students will be investing their hard earned cash into something that is really a massive fraud”, ask Aaradhya Moti, one of the victims who had signed up in Uttar Pradesh.
Guyana has a long list of shady offshore medical universities with many surfacing under questionable circumstances.
Though there are laws regarding the accreditation of these institutions, observers are insisting that the NAC is not appropriately equipped to accredit medical degrees, Masters, PhD’s, and most technical fields of study, at the graduate level.
They are adamant that there needs to be a commission of inquiry into the operations of these offshore universities, so that a more proactive policy can be developed as it relates to their planned and existing operations in Guyana.
“They are transferring Guyana into an academic scam capital’, asserted a UG student in an online post on Facebook.
With the University of Guyana being the only institution whose medical degrees are recognized outside of Guyana, students pursuing medical degrees at many of these offshore universities are often doing so, at their own risk.