The Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) is an institute headquartered in New Delhi, and has 18 branches across India. It was founded in 1973 and offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes in national economic planning and entrepreneurship.
Delhi High court has banned IIPM from providing MBA and BBA programmes and also from calling itself a management school, business school or B-school in advertisements. It is a huge blow to the honorary dean of IIPM, Arindam Chaudhary who is also an author of many management books. The Delhi HC directed IIPM to prominently display on their website that they are not recognized by any statutory body or authority in India.
“We will challenge the order before higher court,” Chaudhuri said. He also told Hindustan Times “We have already told the court that we don’t want to call ourselves an institute proving management courses. We teach planning and entrepreneurship,”
The Delhi HC order came on a PIL alleging that IIPM was “misleading, cheating and exploiting students” by fraudulently using “MBA or BBA” in prospectus and official website as courses offered by it. AICTE’s prior approval was compulsory and mandatory for conduct of a technical course including the MBA or management course in India. Though IIPM claimed to have recognition from a foreign Management Institute namely IMI, Belgium, BUT the HC noted it was “cleverly concealing” from potential students that the foreign institute was “nothing but an alter ego or another face of IIPM.”
This is not the first time when IIPM has been involved in controversies. Before this also, UGC pointed out that the advertisements given by IIPM were misleading and then further clarifies that IIPM possess no authority to provide MBA or BBA degrees and is unauthorized.
Needless to say that IIPM will be appealing again to review the verdict.