The Delhi High Court on Friday ordered the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) and its dean Arindam Chaudhuri to stop claiming that the institute offers MBA, BBA or any management degree.
The High Court rapped it for calling itself a management or B-school as it is neither affiliated to any foreign institute nor has been approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The judgement came after a PIL filed by Mahesh Sharma, editor of ‘Careers 360’ magazine.
So far, IIPM has been promoting itself claiming that it has been recognised by International Management Institute (IMI) in Belgium, but the institute is in fact just another face of IIPM. The institute in Belgium was set up by Arindam and his father Malay Chaudhuri, which has no approval by the government of Belgium.
“Misguiding young minds who have a craze for “foreign education” in the hope it will open doors for international placements/employments and cleverly concealing from them that IMI, Belgium is nothing but an alter ego or another face of IIPM,” the court said in a statement.
In response to the High Court order, Arindam said that the institute never claimed to offer MBA or BBA.
“In fact we always say ‘dare to think beyond MBA and BBA’. Our website clearly states that anybody interested in statutory recognition should not apply to IIPM,” Mint quoted him as saying.
He also added that the institute will file a review petition in high court or appeal to the Supreme Court.
In the meantime, the court has asked the institute to display its ruling on its website within a week so that visitors could access the court’s decision. It has also imposed ₹25,000 fine, which has to be paid to Delhi Legal Service Authority.