The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) is investigating 20 IAS coaching centers for misleading advertisements and unfair trade practices. These institutes have been using the names and pictures of successful candidates to influence aspiring students.
The CCPA has issued notices to institutes like Vajirao & Reddy Institute, Chahal Academy, Khan Study Group IAS and others. Chairperson Nidhi Khare stated that penalties have been imposed on three centers. Some institutes have challenged the notices in court. Around 900 students clear the UPSC exam each year, but the institutes claimed more selections than recommended by the UPSC.
Many coaching institutes hide important information and claim the same rank holders as their own students. They fail to disclose the courses in which the successful students had actually enrolled.
This lack of transparency can mislead prospective students and waste their time and money. Khare emphasised the need for clear disclosures to prevent deception. The coaching industry in India generates around Rs 58,088 crore in revenue, with Kota and Delhi being popular coaching hubs.
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