news Monday, May 11, 2015 - 05:30
The Delhi Police have registered a case against Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) founder Arindam Chaudhari after a complaint was filed by the University Grants Commission (UGC), accusing the institute of “cheating” and “fooling” its students. According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the UGC has said that the institute does not have permission to give out management degrees. Readers of The Times of India on Monday morning woke up to a front page advertisement from Chaudhari’s organisation which is “Launching the All New IIPM 2.0”.The aim of the establishment as per the ad is to help students get “cutting edge Entrepreneurial Training and Certification” from practicing professionals. However, below the call for admissions to the 2015 education programmes is a disclaimer in fine print. Aside from other things it states that “IIPM 2.0 and IIPM both run certification programs and do not give any Degree/Diploma nor do they come under AICTE/UGC”. The note states that in case of any dispute “IIPM 2.0/IIPM will not be responsible” and students must opt for these programs upon their “due diligence”. The disclaimer also adds that admission of students to these institutions will be a different process for which IIPM 2.0/IIPM “will not be responsible in any manner whatsoever”. The HT report adds that a case under section 420 (cheating) of the IPC has been registered against the dean of the institute, Arindam Chaudhari, and against his father Malayendra Kisor Chaudhuri who is the director of the institute. The institute has reportedly inducted thousands of business and management students and charge between Rs 5 lakh to Rs 14 lakh as fees for their courses. “The institute is not authorised to give out any management degree to its students as they do not have the statutory permission required for the same. However, it is still inducting thousands of students every year promising a degree,” the UGC complaint stated. The Delhi High Court in 2014 had ordered that the institute could not use MBA, BBA or any other terms for the degrees it grants its students. The HC had also directed the college to state on their website that they were not recognised by any regulatory body. A source within the police told the newspaper that they had received an official complaint from the UGC following which they had registered a complaint. While speaking to HT, Arindam Chaudhari said that it was very unfortunate. He said that they had never claimed that the institute was recognised by a regulatory body. “We have always maintained that students concerned about statutory recognition need not apply,” he’s quoted as saying. Arindam Chaudhari said that they did not hide anything from the students and that everything was clearly mentioned on their prospectus. He also said that they faced such charges in the court before and had come out clean. “This time as well we will fight this. We’ve been summoned by the police and will fully cooperate with them in the investigation,” Arindam Chaudhari told HT. The News Minute has reached out to IIPM for a comment and did not receive a response at the time of publication. Twitter was also abuzz with the news as users wasted no time weighing in after the announcement by the institute: #KCA #VoteJKT48ID DeeptiSachdeva_: Keep the Faith Guys!! #SalmanFridayRelease #JayaAcquitted and now #IIPM 2.0. We are doing good. — mikobhayangkara (@mikobhayangkara) May 11, 2015       After a year of IIPM 2.0 we will see the launch of IIPM 2.2. Arindam - think just a little more beyond. — Dexter Murugan (@mandar10k) May 11, 2015       IIPM 2.0 - IINs to get 100 percent quota in PG courses offered by us. — AJ (@AJumpper) May 11, 2015       To take on the might of #IIN guess what has been relaunched? *thunder* *lightning* *slowly walks in* .......IIPM 2.0 — Rashi Kakkar (@rashi_kakkar) May 11, 2015