- The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) is investigating Unacademy, an edtech platform, for allegedly making false claims about the number of its alumni who successfully cleared the Civil Services Exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
- Alongside Unacademy, BYJU’S, another prominent edtech giant, is also facing allegations of making false claims about their alumni’s success in the UPSC exam. Notices have been issued to both Unacademy and BYJU’S in connection with this case.
- The CCPA is planning to take action against other UPSC, NEET, and JEE preparation platforms that are running similar misleading advertisements. This suggests a broader crackdown on the issue of false claims in the edtech sector.
- Notices have been sent to 20 UPSC coaching institutes, including BYJU’S. Some of these institutes have already paid the penalties imposed, while others are considering contesting the notices.
- This development highlights the increasing regulatory scrutiny and enforcement of consumer protection rules in the edtech industry in India.