FIITJEE

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FIITJEE: Forum For Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination
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Formation1992
FounderDK Goel
TypeCram school[1]
HeadquartersFIITJEE House, 29-A, Kalu Sarai, Sarvyapriya Vihar, New Delhi, India
Region served
India
ServicesCram school for IIT-JEE and various engineering entrance examination
Key people
Dinesh Goel (Founder)
Staff
2,500+
Websitefitjee.com

FIITJEE is a cram school[1] for JEE and other competitive exams founded by Dinesh Kumar Goel. It has a pan-India network of 88,274 branches in over 50 cities. It offers courses for students of grades 6 to 12 aspiring to appear in Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), JEE advanced, NTSE, KVPY, JSTSE, INChO, INMO, INPhO and various other examinations.

Controversies[edit]

2009 AIEEE and IIT-JEE topper[edit]

The 2009 IIT-JEE topper Nitin Jain who trained for his exams at FIITJEE said that he had been coerced into writing a letter of recommendation which they (FIITJEE) had published in their advertisements. The institute opened a website where they published answers in the name of Jain. He and his father accused FIITJEE and another coaching institute, "Aakash" for "misusing" Jain's name "for commercial interest". Jain clarified that he had never attended the Aakash Institute. The Union Ministry for Human Resource Development referred the matter for an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation. FIITJEE denied the allegations.[2]

Jain later wrote in his book The Secret of My Success that he was "subtly pressurised" and "cajoled into writing the letter and most of it was not true." FIITJEE moved the Delhi High Court claiming that parts of the book were "defamatory, offensive and fallacious" and sought a permanent injunction on the book's publication. The High Court dismissed the appeal citing that the institute needed to prove that what the writer had published in his book was wrong. Jain and his father said that Nitin had received lesser amount under the institute's Talent Reward Exam than what the institute claimed and that too after several rounds of the institute's office.[3]

Refund cases[edit]

FIITJEE has faced several cases in Consumer Courts for not returning the fees paid by students when they quit the institute. In one of such cases in April 2017, the Hyderabad district consumer court directed FIITJEE to return 75% of the fees paid upfront and pay compensation of 1 lakh to parents.[4] A Nagpur district forum ruled out that the coaching classes taking advance fees was a discrepancy and directed FIITJEE to refund ₹75,000 to a student who had enrolled in a 4-year program but left it following the lack of discipline and a biology teacher for two years.[5]

Paradise Papers[edit]

On November 6, 2017 the Paradise Papers revealed that 19,52,907 shares of FIITJEE valued at ₹36 crore were sold by QLearn company of Mauritius to Mumbai's Ambit Group in July 2015. QLearn is a subsidiary of Qatari firm Qinvest and the Ambit Group is one of the investors in it.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Diksha, Madhok (11 September 2012). "Cram schools boom widens India's class divide". Reuters. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  2. ^ Mukul, Akshaya (10 July 2010). "CBI to probe 'credit' tussle over IIT topper". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ Anand, Utkarsh (2 June 2010). "Institute red-faced as HC won't ban IIT topper's book". The Indian Express. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. ^ Vatyami, Nirupa (3 April 2017). "Return student's fee, FIITJEE told". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. ^ Ganjapure, Vaibhav; Nelarwar, Mohnish (21 April 2017). "Consumer Forum asks FIIT JEE to refund ₹75,000 to student". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  6. ^ Yadav, Shyamlal (6 November 2017). "Paradise Papers: Qatar firm invested in coaching giant FIITJEE via Mauritius". The Indian Express. Retrieved 14 May 2018.