Will return course fee, says her institute chief


The institute in Dehradun where the victim of the Delhi gangrape and murder studied physiotherapy has said it will return to her family the course fee she had paid.

Institute records show that she had deposited Rs 1.8 lakh since being admitted to the Bachelor of Physiotherapy course in November 2008.

"I will personally go to Delhi to meet her family members. I will hand over the money which she had deposited as fee to our institute," the institute director told The Sunday Express hours after news of her death became known.

"She was a very good student. She was waiting for the result of her fourth year examination. The result is likely to be declared in January," the director said.

Teachers who had taught her were in a state of shock on Saturday morning.

"I particularly remember her sincerity and dedication," one of her teachers said. "In one class, I had taught her the chances of emotional fluctuation in a patient of Parkinson's Disease. The next day she collected good information from various sites on the Internet and came to discuss the topic with me."

This teacher, who is clinical in-charge at the institute, said the victim had a special interest in "neuro". "She always surprised me by her learning instincts. She was an enthusiastic participant in question-answer sessions in class."

Another of the victim's teachers recalled her as "a girl of few words" who did not have many friends. "I was the guide for her dissertation, which was focused on heart disease. I can say she was very obedient and sincere. She wanted to collect the minutest details to prepare her dissertation. I developed a strong bond with her within a very short time," the teacher said.

An assistant professor at the institute who taught the victim about general surgery remembered her as "punctual, hardworking and very obedient", who consistently maintained a second or third rank in her class of 23. This teacher also remembered her as "kind of reserved".

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