Edtech platform Unacademy has sacked a teacher, Karan Sangwan, who during a lecture appealed to students to vote for educated candidates, with the company saying that the classroom is not the place to share personal views. Here are the details of the dispute:




Who is Karan Sangwan?



Karan Sangwan is a teacher at Unacademy since February 2020 with over 14,000 followers on the edtech platform. Sangwan studied at National Law University, Shimla and worked at CR Law College, Hisar for about a year. He also runs a YouTube channel named Legal Paathshala with over 45,000 subscribers. He has obtained the degree of LLM. Taught several courses in Criminal Law and related to Judiciary Entrance Examinations.




Why is Karan Sangwan in discussion?



In the viral video, Sangwan during a lecture is seen appealing to the students to vote for educated candidates in the elections. Without naming anyone, he appealed to the students not to elect uneducated people to powerful positions and vote for a literate person in the upcoming elections.



Upset over the Centre’s move to replace the colonial-era Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure and the Indian Evidence Act, Sangwan lamented that the notes he had prepared on criminal laws have become redundant. Sangwan can be heard saying in the video, “Even I don’t know whether to laugh or cry as I too have a lot of barebones, caseload and notes that I have prepared. It is for everyone.” It’s hard work.”



“But keep in mind that next time you vote, choose someone who is educated so that you don’t have to go through this (examination) again. Okay?” They said. “Choose someone who is educated, who understands things. Don’t choose someone who only knows to change names. Take your decision properly.”




Why did Unacademy fire him?



Roman Saini, co-founder of Unacademy, said that the company had to part ways with Sangwan because he had breached the contract. Saini said in a tweet that Unacademy is an education platform committed to providing quality education, and to enforce this, the company has put in place a code of conduct for its teachers to ensure that learners are given a fair and honest education. Get access to knowledge. Saini said, “Classroom is not the place to share personal opinions and views as they may influence them in a wrong way. In the current situation, we are forced to part ways with Karan Sangwan as he is violating the code of conduct.” Were.”




What is Unacademy?



Founded in 2015 by Gaurav Munjal, Unacademy is an online education platform based in India. It provides coaching to students for various competitive exams (like JEE, NEET, UPSC, Chartered Accountancy, GATE and UPSC) through video lessons and live classes. It started as a YouTube channel and in 2019, launched its subscription-based model Unacademy Plus.




Karan Sangwan’s reaction



Meanwhile, Sangwan said that he would share details about the controversy on August 19 on his YouTube channel. He said, “For the past few days, a video is going viral, because of which I am in controversy and because of that controversy there are many students. Sangwan said, “People preparing for judicial services examinations are facing many consequences. Along with them, I will also have to face the consequences.”




What did Arvind Kejriwal say on this issue?



Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday questioned the ed-tech platform’s decision to terminate Sangwan’s employment and wondered whether it was a crime to ask people to vote for an educated person.



“Is it a crime to appeal to educated people to vote? If someone is illiterate, I personally respect him. But people’s representatives cannot be illiterate. This is the age of science and technology. Illiterate people’s representatives can never cannot build a modern India.” 21st century,” Kejriwal wrote on X, which was earlier known as Twitter.


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