On December 16, the National Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights (NCPCR) issued a subpoena to BYJU CEO Byju Raveendran after learning of media reports alleging that the edtech company was exploiting students by it aggressively and fraudulently sells its courses.
According to the media report in question, some parents claimed they had been exploited and scammed, putting their life savings and future at risk. Courses that are non-refundable if the customer so requests.
In addition, BYJU had reportedly received several complaints from the children’s parents, but did nothing about it. Byju Raveendran was asked to appear in person before the NCPCR on December 23.
By December 23, Raveendran must provide “details of all children’s courses taught by BYJU, the structure of these courses and fee details, the number of students currently enrolled in each course, the refund policy for BYJU, the legal documents in the related to the recognition of BYJU as a valid educational technology company and any other relevant documents related to the claims made in the media report.”
You must also explain any inconsistencies related to this matter. The NCPCR also warned that if the CEO of BYJU fails to comply with the order, he will bear the consequences of the non-appearance.
It said that if Raveendran fails to comply with the order without a lawful excuse, he “will be subjected to the consequences of the non-attendance as provided in Rule 10 and Rule l2 of Order XVI of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908”. (ANI)