Pearl Academy of Fashion Dubai courses and programs
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02 July 2011
The Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF) is an institute based in India with branches in Delhi, Jaipur, Chennai according to their website (www.pearlacademy.com).
There are sources referring to a PAF branch in Dubai or elsewhere in the UAE, but although PAF appears to have been involved in fashion events in Dubai, there is no mention of a branch in Dubai on their website as far as we can tell.
An old page on the PAF website does however seem to say there are branches in Ludhiana (India), Dhaka (Bangladesh), and UAE. Other sources have text similar to "Making an impressive start with one facility in New Delhi, Pearl Academy of Fashion, Delhi has over the years expanded and has centers in Jaipur and Chennai. Apart from that, Pearl Academy of Fashion has gone international with facilities in Dhaka and UAE."
The website www.pearluae.com appears to have nothing to do with PAF, just a random collection of blog posts about fashion, but it might be related to the Pearl Design Center in Sharjah (which does, or did, seem to have a connection to PAF)?
A publication called "Weekly Blitz" which appears to be based in Bangladesh had a report on 30 June 2011 called Fraudulent face of Pearl Fashion Institute exposed, and another one on 02 July 2011 called Fraud institution in South Asia traced. Both reports referred to the Pearl Academy of Fashion in various locations, but it wasn't clear whether Blitz thought the branches in India were part of the alleged scam or not. It's not very clear how trustworthy a source the Blitz publication is either. Comments included:
According to information, Indian nationals named [names removed - DubaiFAQs editor], along with a racket of frauds are running couple of fake institutions named Pearl Fashion Institute, Pearl Academy of Fashion, etc, thus pretending to be affiliates of Nottingham Trent University. This racket is offering diploma, honors and masters degrees to students against 'tuition fee' of US$ 3,000-8,000.
Most importantly, after publication of reports in Weekly Blitz, Pearl Fashion Inbstitute has deleted its claim of having campuses in United Arab Emirates and Ahmedabad [India] from its website. It is also learnt that, Pearl Academy of Fashion in United Arab Emirates suddenly fled the country, when its fradulant activities and selling of fake degrees came into the attention of the local law enforcing agencies. There is warrant of arrest in United Arab Emirates against [names removed - DubaiFAQs editor] as well as a few of the so-called teachers of this fake institutions UAE branch.
It is also learnt that, Pearl Fashion Academy's branch in United Arab Emirates was forced to shut down, due to massive corruption and lack of any legal status.
We couldn't find independent confirmation of the claimed arrest warrants in the UAE for the persons named in the Blitz reports.
Last update 07 July 2011
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