Thursday, August 26, 2010

IIPM not recognized by the government, says UGC

The Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), run by Arindam Chaudhuri, is not recognized by the government or any of India's higher education bodies, says a public notice issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

New Delhi-based IIPM "does not have the right of conferring or granting degrees as specified by the University Grants Commission", such as master of business administration, bachelor of business administration and bachelor of computer applications, reads the notice. It adds that IIPM is not recognized by the ministry of human resource development (MHRD), UGC or the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). "IIPM is advertising its courses by using the name of UGC, MHRD and AICTE", UGC Vice-Chairman Ved Prakash said. "It is indulging in cheating".

UGC issued the notice in the last week of July, after the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education sent a letter to IIPM on 19 July questioning the authenticity of courses it offers at its Hyderabad branch. The notice was published as an advertisement in some newspapers. "....this is by direction to inform that the council has received a complaint alleging that the institution (IIPM) has been functioning by offering various academic programmes violating the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Education Act and regulations of the Central agencies", read the letter. Mint has a copy of the letter.

In e-mailed comments, IIPM group president for corporate affairs Amit Saxena conceded that the institute wasn't a university nor was it empowered to award degrees on its own "and nor does it do (so)". "However IIPM is the on-site academic partner of M.S. University which grants its degrees to IIPM students", Saxena wrote in the e-mail, adding that IIPM had made representations to the UGC and Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education to "clarify the stand". He said the subject was sub judice at the Delhi high court.

IIPM is authorized to offer two-year MBA and three-year BBA and BCA courses under technical collaboration in all its 18 centres, said S. Manickam, Registrar of Tirunelveli-based Manomaniam Sundaranar (M.S.) University, in a letter enclosed by Saxena. Mint couldn't immediately reach Manickam for comment.

The Andhra Pradesh state council had asked IIPM to provide recognition and affiliation letters from the state government and Central agencies. "We had received a complaint from student union group ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad) and based on that we had written to IIPM and a few more institutes", the council's secretary M.D. Christopher said. "They have replied to us, but we are yet to see the content of it. We are going to set up a committee which will review the explanations". If IIPM is found in breach of law, Christopher said the council would inform the state government and let it decide if any action is to be taken.

Source: Mint, August 26, 2010

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