HC raps IIPM for ' fraudulent' marketing.
The Delhi High Court has restrained the Indian Institute of Planning and Management ( IIPM) from using the word ' MBA, BBA, Management Course, Management School, Business School or B- School' with immediate effect in relation to the courses and programmes being offered by the institution.
The court called it a " maze created to entrap students" and called its prospectus " false and misleading". The two- judge bench has also ordered IIPM and its management, including Dean Arindam Chaudhuri, to prominently display on the institute's website that they are not recognised by any statutory body.
The court was responding to a public interest litigation ( PIL) which contended that the respondents -- the Union of India ( UOI), University Grants Commission ( UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE) -- had not taken any action and thereby allowed IIPM through its Dean Arindam Chaudhuri to " fraudulently use MBA / BBA in relation to the courses offered by it, thereby misleading, cheating and exploiting students attracted to the said institute under the belief that they will acquire the qualification of MBA / BBA". The court also ordered Chaudhuri to upload and display prominently on its website within a week the judgment to ensure the attention of anyone visiting the said website.
The court observed that in its advertisements the institute is portraying as if it has recognition from a foreign management institute, namely IMI in Belgium, and said the advertisement has the potential of misguiding young minds who have a craze for foreign education in the hope it will open doors for international placements/ employments.
The court said the institute is cleverly concealing from potential students that IMI, Belgium, is " nothing but an alter ego or another face of IIPM".
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