Mr. Minister, please come forward and do something. UPA Govt. is saved now. part (1)

Since the UPA government has already passed the no confidence motion in Parliament on 22nd July 2008, we hope that our beloved Minister Mr. Vayalar Ravi will come forward to help our sons & daughters which are fighting a lonely war for justice on a foreign soil with very few helping hands. Here is the first Open letter of the series of letters to Mr. Vayalar Ravi from one of the parents whose son is fighting it our all by himself.

Mr. Vayalar Ravi, Minister for overseas affairs

Mr. Vayalar Ravi, Minister for overseas affairs

Respected Mr. Vayalar Ravi,

Let us first introduce ourselves: we are Richard and Juliet Saldanha and our son, Fabian Saldanha, who was enrolled in the American School of Aviation, California where he was clocking flight hours to obtain his private flying license, Engine rating training and a commercial pilot license.

We had paid $40,000 in tuition fees, which was transferred in its entirety to the school at the beginning of the training. With the school shutting down, my child’s future now hangs in the balance.

Fabian has worked very hard in obtaining excellent grades to reach this position in his academic career. After successfully passing his +2 exams with 70% marks from Alva’s Pre-University College, Moodbidri, he finally settled on ASA to pursue his dreams of becoming a pilot one day. But we are sure there are other students like my son who are in a similar situation since ASA closed its doors.

The current plight of the 120 children is very tragic, and concerned school authorities like Mrs. Reny Kozman and the Principal Director Mr Manpreet Singh have all but abandoned their students.

Declaring bankruptcy was the next step in this sorry saga; and while the American courts battle this out, the lives of these 120 children and their future hangs in the balance. For parents like myself, who have worked hard to obtain the sufficient funds in educating our children and seeing their dream fulfilled, this comes as a very hard blow. We have mortgaged our properties and have no sufficient means to transfer Fabian to another school and scrape together another hefty tuition amount.

We implore you, and the concerned authorities to step in and rectify this matter. Maybe the government could help facilitate other aviation schools in the US to absorb these children and allow them to finish their training through a government funded grant. It is only through your networking, support and backing will parents like us be able to find full justice and manage to salvage the hopes and futures of these 120 children.

Yours sincerely,
Richard and Juliet Saldanha
Parents of Fabian Saldanha

Mr. Minister please do something……… Open letters to Vayalar Ravi from parents of stranded ASA students

  • S.D.Hegde,Mumbai // July 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Dear Sir,
    The authorities Of “ASA” closed the school from May 2008 (15th May ).
    They admitted my son on 1st May & took from him $41000 / = & they told school would not be closed. Now they are not returning the money & saying closing the business is not difficult in America & leaving innocent students stranded & their parents in deep worries.
    American Govt. immediately help giving some money to join other Flying school which will be returned to the Govt.after getting the money from “ASA” through court.
    Indian Minister in charge of this affairs has said he would look after the case & we hope immediate action from him & hope to receive a reply.
    It is the biggest aviation school scam in America.

  • Gordon D’Mello // July 8, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Dear Sir
    My son Mikhail D’Mello joined ASA in Sep 2007. According to the contract they were to complete the course in 6-8 months. It is now over 10 months that the boy is there and they have not even completed the Private Pilot stage. They have USD 26,000 still lying with them from the 38,000 USD paid to them. Shifting the boy to another school is going to cost us another 30,000 USD, not including USD 600 per month as living expense. We have mortaged our homes to fulfill the boys dreams and career ambitions. How are we to organise such a huge sum again to complete the course? We plead that the government provide or organise some funds for these misfortunate aspiring young pilots of the age group 18-21. They are far too young to bear the trauma they have undergone, and some help from the government will be the only source to heal their wounds.

Indian Government opens helpline for ASA students


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A sigh of relief at last. Indian Government has reacted sharply to the unpleasant news coming from American School of Aviation. Helpline for the stranded students and their parents in India has been set-up by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs at last.

Minister for the overseas Indian affairs, Mr. Vayalar Ravi is taking personal interest over unfolding events at the American School of Aviation and his office is keeping a close tab on all the latest developments related to ASA. Ministry is in regular contact with US Department of Homeland Security over the issue.  Fortunately for the stranded students, the Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman

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Virginia Kice has said they are under no pressure to leave the country upon expiration of their visas.

Typically, when a school closes, international students are given a five-month grace period in which to find a similar, accredited school where they can complete their studies. But in ASA’s case, the school closed virtually without notice. “The ICE is working with the State Department and authorities in India,” she said. “We are trying to find other schools with a comparable curriculum at a comparable cost.”

Here are the contact Details of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Students and their parents can either contact the officials by phone or emails given below.

Shri Vayalar Ravi

POSITION

Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs

PHONE(O)

91-11-24676836/37

FAX(O)

91-11-24197985

E-MAIL ID

minister@moia.nic.in

RESIDENCE

7, Safdarjung Road, New

Delhi-110011

PHONE(R)

91-11-23792148/49

FAX(R)

91-11-23792142

Shri K. Mohandas

POSITION

Secretary

PHONE

91-11-24674143 /44

FAX

91-11-24674140

E-MAIL ID

secretary@moia.nic.in

Shri G Gurucharan [Financial Services Division]

POSITION

Joint Secretary

PHONE

91-11-24676836/37

E-MAIL ID

jsfs@moia.nic.in

Shri D.N. Srivastava [Diaspora Services Division]

POSITION

Joint Secretary

PHONE

91-11-26874240/24197940

E-MAIL ID

jsds@moia.nic.in

Shri J. Panda[Overseas Employment Services Division]

POSITION

Protector General of

Emigrants

PHONE

+91-11-24197972 /26874250

E-MAIL ID

pge@moia.nic.in

Dr. Ranbir Singh [Emigration Division]

POSITION

Director (EP)

PHONE

+91-11-24197952 /26874247

E-MAIL ID

diremig@moia.nic.in

Ms. Sandhya Shukla [Diaspora Services Division]

POSITION

Director(DS)

PHONE

+91-11-24197918 /26874231

E-MAIL ID

dirds2@moia.nic.in

Dr. Shailja Sharma [Emigration Services]

POSITION

Director (ES)

PHONE

+91-11-24197952 /26874247

E-MAIL ID

dires@moia.nic.in

Shri N. Balasubramanyam [Diaspora Services Division]

POSITION

Deputy Secretary

PHONE

+91-11-24197910/26874246

E-MAIL ID

dsds@moia.nic.in

Shri. Mithilesh Kumar [Management Services-I]

POSITION

Deputy Secretary(Admin.)

PHONE

91-11- 24676145 /24197909

E-MAIL ID

dsms1@moia.nic.in

Shri K.B. Arora [Management Services-II]

POSITION

Deputy Secretary (Vigilance)

PHONE

91-11- 24197908 /24676146

E-MAIL ID

dsms2@moia.nic.in

T. Q. Mohammad [Financial Services]

POSITION

Deputy Secretary (FS&Budget)

PHONE

91-11-24197914 / 24676841

E-MAIL ID

dsfs@moia.nic.in

For General Queries

info@moia.nic.in