FIITJEE

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FIITJEE:Forum For IIT-JEE
FIITJEE logo.jpg
Formation 1992
Founder D.K. Goel
Headquarters FIITJEE House, 29-A, Kalu Sarai, Sarvyapriya Vihar, New Delhi, India
Region served
India, Qatar, Bahrain
Services

Coaching

Career Planning
Key people

Goel ( Chairman and Chief Mentor)

Rishi Navani(Director)
Subsidiaries USA UnivQuest
Staff
2500+
Volunteers
500
Website http://www.fiitjee.com

FIITJEE (Forum for Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination, abbreviated) is a coaching institute founded by DK Goel, a graduate from IIT Delhi from Mechanical Engineering. It has a pan-India network of 67 Branches in 43 cities. It also has a centre in each of Manama and Doha.

It offers programs for students of classes VI to XII aspiring to excel in JEE (previously AIEEE and IITJEE), SAT, NTSE, KVPY and attempts to train them for preliminary stages of some of the International Science Olympiads. Meritorious students are also awarded with medals and monthly or annual scholarships.[1] It also conducts an exam for selecting students for a special batch, 'Fortunate 40', to coach meritorious students who are economically deprived. The course fees and hostel fees for the selected candidates are waived.[2]

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 the coaching institute 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.[3][4]

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.[5] 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 said that Jain was not entitled to any damages. In reply he moved the Delhi High Court in 2018 for settling the claims.[6]

Legal cases[edit]

FIITJEE has recently come under many legal cases in recent times mostly from its past employees.[7][8]

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.[9] A Nagpur district forum ruled out that the coaching classes 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 left it following the lack of discipline and a biology teacher for two years.[10]

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.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIITJEE Talent Reward Examination tomorrow". The Hindu. December 26, 2015.
  2. ^ "FIITJEE's Fortunate 40 test". The Hindu. January 23, 2016.
  3. ^ Mohanty, Basant Kumar (15 August 2010). "Topper finger at IIT coaching centres". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. ^ Mukul, Akshaya (10 July 2010). "CBI to probe 'credit' tussle over IIT topper". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. ^ Anand, Utkarsh (2 June 2010). "Institute red-faced as HC won't ban IIT topper's book". The Indian Express. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "FIITJEE advertisement: Defamation case filed, court records statement of complainant". The Indian Express. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  9. ^ Vatyami, Nirupa (3 April 2017). "Return student's fee, FIITJEE told". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Yadav, Shyamlal (6 November 2017). "Paradise Papers: Qatar firm invested in coaching giant FIITJEE via Mauritius". The Indian Express. Retrieved 14 May 2018.

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