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NCPCR summons Byju's CEO over malpractice allegations

The Commission has summoned Byju's CEO Byju Raveendran to appear before it in this week

Apex child rights body, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has summoned Byju's CEO over allegations that the edtech company is indulging in malpractices to lure parents and children to buy their courses.

According to media reports, the edtech company is facing a range of complaints on social media platforms and consumer websites with customers alleging that they were exploited and deceived as they had to put their savings and futures in jeopardy.

NCPCR, taking cognisance of the matter, has summoned BYJU's CEO Byju Raveendran to appear before it in the ongoing week, as per a report by news agency PTI.

"The Commission is in observance that indulging into malpractices to lure the parents or children into entering loan-based agreements and then causing exploitation is against the welfare of children and in pursuance of the functions and powers under Section 13 and 14 of CPCR Act, 2005," NCPCR said.

As per PTI, the Commission asked the company to appear in person before it along with the details of all the courses run by Byju's for children - the structure of these courses and the fee details, the number of students currently enrolled in each course, and the refund policy.

It has also asked for the legal documents regarding the recognition of Byju's as a valid ed-tech company and all other relevant documents regarding the claims made in the aforementioned news report at on December 23 to explain the discrepancies in relation to the said matter.

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