news Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 05:30
Seven months after the Delhi High Court hauled up IIPM over its misleading public image, Arindam Chaudhari appears to have landed in fresh trouble over a new course it has launched.   On Monday, readers of The Times of India woke up to Chaudhuri’s smiling face, staring up at them from a front page advertisement, announcing IIPM 2.0, a new institution that aims to “empower students” to become entrepreneurs.   That very day, reports emerged of the University Grants Commission filing a complaint with the Delhi Police against Chaudhari and his father alleging cheating. Delhi police have registered a case under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.   The description of IIPM 2.0 on its website however, clearly says that the idea was to “empower students passing out of government recognized institutions and universities through technical collaborations with them”. But a disclaimer in very small print at the bottom of the website states that neither of the two institutions offer any courses recognised by the University Grants Commission or the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).   IIPM 2.0 is an initiative of Planman Consulting, an organisation also founded by Chaudhari. It offers a three-month “Global Exposure Certification Programme” that costs Rs 8 lakh to Rs 8.5 lakh.   Instead of offering degrees, IIPM 2.0 offers a certificate course in collaboration with colleges approved by the AICTE. However, the admission process is does not appear to be uniform.   Speaking with The News Minute, Pratap Narayan, a consultant with Planman says that those who had taken the CAT or MAT exams would be admitted on the basis of these scores, but was unclear o what the procedure would be for someone who did not take these exams.   Students could register with the institution by filling out a form on the IIPM 2.0 website and if they are unable to attend the test conducted at their premises, an online “extempore and a personal interview” via Skype would suffice.   After registration, students would be admitted to colleges affiliated with the AICTE or UGC in several parts of the country such as Dehradun, Hyderabad and the Delhi/NCR region, with other colleges from other parts of the country to pitch-in in future.   He says that after registration with IIPM 2.0, students would be segregated as per the institute’s location and feasibility. “If candidates are in Hyderabad, we separate them accordingly and similarly for Greater Noida and so on,” he says.   “We have a technical collaboration with different institutes which are HRD approved,” he added. He also says that students would benefit from the initiative which would “manage placements and global exposure”. When asked for the number of students who had signed up with the venture, he refused to divulge details.   When The News Minute contacted some of the colleges affiliated with the initiative, they too seemed to have few answers. The Aurora Business School in Hyderabad said that they had tied-up with Chaudhari’s venture and were offering post-graduate diplomas in management. The college said that they were considering a partnership for undergraduate courses as well.   When asked about the nature of their association, this reporter was re-directed to Planman. An NCR-based college which has tied up with the venture was not forthcoming about the details of the partnership with IIPM 2.0 either.   When the officials of the institute were contacted by this reporter posing as a student interested in IIPM 2.0’s tie-up with the institute, an official said that a test was not “not necessary” for candidates who did not wish to visit their premises and that an online interview would suffice.   The official added that Chaudhari is expected to deliver a guest lecturer a couple of times in a week, but this was subject to change in the future.   In September 2014, the Delhi High Court had ordered that IIPM could not use MBA, BBA or any such term for the management courses it offered. The HC had also directed the institute to state on their website that they were not recognized by any regulatory body, which it has now done.    However, all this only appears as a disclaimer in fine print at the bottom of the newspaper advertisement put out by IIPM, and also on its website.
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