- Is IIPM eligible to offer MBA Programme?
Is IIPM eligible to offer MBA Programme?
NEW DELHI, AUGUST 13: The Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) is claiming victory over a recent Supreme Court judgement, where the apex court has redefined the role of AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education). Since the SC Judgment, some media reports have also been floated which suggest that IIPM is now free to offer MBA programmes.
The July 24 SC judgment is in line with its 2014 order, where it stated that AICTE doesnt have any power to regulate 'Management' education as it is not 'technical' in nature and hence doesnt come within the purview of Sec 2(g) of the AICTE Act. It essentially implies that institutions offering Management Education have to affiliate themselves to a university. In the case of IIPM, it does not have any affiliation from any university in the country, which still puts a question on its eligibility to offer MBA course.
In fact, it is the UGC which has been taking out newspaper notifications announcing that the MBA being offered by IIPM arent valid. The University Grants Commission (UGC), every year comes with a notification stating that the IIPM, New Delhi, does not have the right of conferring degrees as specified by the rules. As per the UGC, IIPM is neither entitled to award any Undergraduate or Post Graduate degrees, including BBA, MBA and BCA, nor it is recognised by UGC.
Earlier, In September 2014, the Delhi High Court censured the IIPM and its Dean Arindam Chaudhuri for misleading students into believing that it possessed the approvals to offer Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programmes. A division bench comprising of then Delhi HC Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw restrained IIPM and its management from using the words “MBA, BBA, management course, management school, business school or b-school" about the courses being offered by it.
Where does IIPM stand Now?
IIPM has claimed a victory as AICTE powers were divested. It must be remembered that the said case and the order came on a case filed by the Association of Management Colleges. Besides, IIPM is in the dock for making misleading claims, lying and cheating students. IIPM has always been claiming to offer an MBA and the court has restrained the use of those words. Even if the powers of the AICTE were divested, an institution claiming to offer MBA has to be affiliated to a university, which IIPM isn’t. Besides, AICTE was never the sole repository of Management education as we have many institutions including ISB which were never under the purview of AICTE. A perusal of the order by Delhi High Court against IIPM in 2014 says the following:
IIPM has been directed by the court as below:
(A) The respondent No.4 IIPM and its management / officials including its Dean Mr. Arindam Chaudhuri are restrained with immediate effect from using the word “MBA, BBA, Management Course, Management School, Business School or B-School” in relation to the Courses / programmes being conducted by them or in relation to the representations if any made to the public at large and/or to their prospective clients, customers or students;
(B) The respondent No.4 IIPM and its management / officials including its Dean Mr. Arindam Chaudhuri are directed to prominently display on the website of IIPM that they are not recognized by any statutory body / authority and the status of the Foreign University / Institution and/or its Degree or Certificate in the country of its origin and whose Degree or certificate the students enrolling in the Course / Programme offered by the respondent No.4 IIPM would be entitled to;
(C) The respondent No.4 IIPM and its management / officials including its Dean Mr. Arindam Chaudhuri to within one week hereof, upload and display prominently on the website of the respondent No.4 IIPM this judgment to ensure that attention of anyone visiting the said website is drawn thereto (we clarify that the short time of one week is given since this is admission time, when students not admitted to Institutes / Colleges of their first choice, would be queuing for other Institutes).
The court in its order further stated: “We again clarify that the aforesaid would not relieve the respondent No.4 IIPM from the liability, if any in any action taken by any other person for having been misled in the past.”
“We also impose costs of Rs.25,000 on the respondent No.4 IIPM, to be paid to Delhi Legal Services Authority within four weeks of today.”
So, IIPM (established under the shops and establishments act) stays the way it was since the Sep 2014 order - Shut and Closed!