upGrad’s INSOFE Leaves 700 Students Fuming

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According to reports, upGrad-owned data science training platform International School of Engineering (INSOFE) has allegedly shut down its AI and ML courses in Hyderabad, India, leaving around 700 trainees disgruntled. Some of the protestors claimed that they were lured with science and AI courses and assured employment at the end of the courses. The local police have also claimed that INSOFE had taken private bank loans in the name of the employees. However, in a statement given to Inc42, the company’s co-founder and CEO Dr Dakshinamurthy Kolluru and UGDX president Sridhar Pappu denied the allegations of shutting down operations in Hyderabad and said that they were committed to their presence in the city. They added that the startup will take care of the trainees’ loans in the next 15 days and the trainees will receive the NOC from banks within 45 days. It seems that the protesters were looking for compensation from INSOFE for their losses rather than pressing charges against the company. According to a police officer on the spot, the protesters were trying to reach an agreement with the company. It remains to be seen what the outcome of these negotiations will be. International School of Engineering (INSOFE) was founded in 2011 by Sreerama K. Murthy and Dakshinamurthy Kolluru. It offers postgraduate programs such as master’s and doctoral programs in data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning. The courses are conducted in partnership with universities in India and the United States. The institution has a global presence in countries like the US, UK, France, Canada, and India.