FIITJEE

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FIITJEE:Forum For IIT-JEE
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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 JEE and similar examinations
Official language
English, Hindi
Key people
Dinesh Kumar Goel (Founder)
Staff
~2500
Websitehttp://www.fiitjee.com

FIITJEE is a cram school[1] founded by Dinesh Kumar Goel. It has a pan-Indian network of approximately 84 branches in about 50 cities. It offers courses for kids studying in grades 6 to 12, claiming to prepare its members for JEE (previously AIEEE and IITJEE), SAT, NTSE, KVPY, and JSTSE.

Controversies[edit]

The 2009 IIT-JEE's rank 1, Nitin Jain who enrolled in FIITJEE's courses, said that he had been coerced into writing a letter of recommendation, which the coaching institute had published in their advertisements. The institute launched a website where they published answers in the name of Jain. He and his father accused FIITJEE and Aakash Institue of misusing Jain's name for commercial interest. Later, 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 put against it.[2][3]

Jain later wrote in his book, The Secret of My Success, that he was subtly pressurized and cajoled into writing the letter of recommendation and most of it was not true. FIITJEE entered 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 he had received a reduced amount under the institute's Talent Reward Exam than what the institute claimed and these proceedings were executes after several rounds to the institute's office by Jain's representatives.[4] The Delhi High Court in 2011 restrained FIITJEE from using Jain's name and photograph in their advertisements. Jain later sought Rs. 5.85 crore in damage from FIITJEE for breaching his and his family's right to privacy, using his photos and videos for luring students for admission and for allegedly giving his photos to pornographic websites as well. The institute replied that Jain was not entitled to any damages. In reply he moved the Delhi High Court in 2018 for settling the claims.[5]

FIITJEE has recently come under multiple legal cases, mostly from its past students and employees, accusing the institute of malpractices.[6][7]

Refund cases[edit]

FIITJEE has been engaged in several lawsuits in Consumer Courts for not returning the fees paid by its students when they quit the institute before the completion of the course, although the refund was guaranteed by them. 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 ₹100,000 to a student.[8] A Nagpur district forum ruled out that cram schools taking advance fees was a discrepancy, and directed FIITJEE to refund Rs. 75,000 to a student who had enrolled in a 4-year program, but following "the lack of discipline in the institute" and a biology teacher's misbehavior, he quit the institute two years after joining it.[9]

Paradise Papers[edit]

On November 6, 2017 the Paradise Papers revealed that 19,52,907 shares of FIITJEE valued at Rs. 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 investor's in it.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Diksha, Madhok (11 September 2012). "Cram schools boom widens India's class divide". Reuters. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  2. ^ Mohanty, Basant Kumar (15 August 2010). "Topper finger at IIT coaching centres". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ Mukul, Akshaya (10 July 2010). "CBI to probe 'credit' tussle over IIT topper". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. ^ Anand, Utkarsh (2 June 2010). "Institute red-faced as HC won't ban IIT topper's book". The Indian Express. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. ^ Press Trust of India (1 May 2018). "IIT topper's suit for Rs 5cr damages: HC pulls up FIIT-JEE". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Consumer forum to FIITJEE: Stop 'unfair trade practices,' return 50 per cent tuition fee to students". India Today. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  7. ^ "FIITJEE advertisement: Defamation case filed, court records statement of complainant". The Indian Express. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  8. ^ Vatyami, Nirupa (3 April 2017). "Return student's fee, FIITJEE told". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  9. ^ Ganjapure, Vaibhav; Nelarwar, Mohnish (21 April 2017). "Consumer Forum asks FIIT JEE to refund Rs75,000 to student". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  10. ^ Yadav, Shyamlal (6 November 2017). "Paradise Papers: Qatar firm invested in coaching giant FIITJEE via Mauritius". The Indian Express. Retrieved 14 May 2018.