IIPM cannot call itself management school: Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court has ruled that Arindam Chaudhuri’s institute cannot confer a degree, is merely a private institute

Arindam Chaudhuri’s Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) can no longer confer a degree, or show itself as conferring any degree to a candidate, says a recent ruling by Delhi High Court. It mentioned that since IIPM is not recognised by any statutory body, it will not be allowed to run a BBA /MBA course or to advertise itself as conducting any course in management, and neither is it allowed to advertise itself as a Management School or a Business School hereon.

Arindam Chaudhuri
Arindam Chaudhuri

This judgment was the result of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), which stated that IIPM was misleading, cheating and exploiting students who are lured to the institute under the belief that they will acquire MBA and BBA degress. The petition also stated that the Union of India, University Grants Commission (UGC) as well as the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have not taken any action against the dean of the institute, Aridam Chaudhuri, for running the institute freely.

IIPM responded stating that it “does not offer degrees and is only conducting a non-technical and non-professional certificate program in National Economic Planning and Entrepreneurship and its collaboration with International Management Institute (IMI) in Belgium”. When the court checked the website of the said management institute in Belgium, it found that the institute is no different from IIPM and is, in fact, set up by Chaudhuri and his father, which is misleading for the students.

“IIPM is clearly a non-professional and non-technical institution and nothing more than a Private Teaching (PT) institution, like several other PT schools/colleges operating in the country,” states the judgment. It further states that within one week, the institute should upload and prominently display this judgment on their website, for the benefit of students during the admission season.

The other side
Chaudhuri, however, said, “Nowhere on my website or in advertisements have we claimed to offer BBA/MBA degrees. We mention that we help students think beyond MBA/BBA. The HC order refers to one particular ad which apparently mentions that we offer degrees, which we never printed.” He added that his students were clearly told at the time of admissions that the institute is not approved by AICTE. He added that he will go to a higher court for justice.

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