Indian High Court Snubs UGC in IIPM Case

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IIPM had contested the UGC (University Grants Commission) decision to put its name in a 'fake university' list on its website. The decision of the Indian High Court has upheld the IIPM verdict and snubbed the UGC for its misconduct. Case Number: W.P (C) No 4567 of 2008

In a complete snub to the UGC, the High Court today passed an interim judgment against the UGC. The High Court stated that IIPM (Indian Institute of Planning & Management) was authorized to give MBA and BBA degrees from IMI and that UGC had no business stopping IIPM from advertising about the same.

Brushing aside all UGC arguments, the High Court contended that as, according to IIPM, its courses were world-class and students comprised intellectuals, UGC should not have an objective ofstymifying the growth of private, entrepreneurial education being imparted by institutions that were here for the long term.

Rejecting the UGC plea that IIPM be stopped from using the terms MBA/BBA in their advertisements,the High Court judge Rajeev Shakdar stated that not only will IIPM be allowed to continue using MBA/BBA degrees in their advertisements, but also that IIPM does not even need to write the term that their degrees fall out of the purview of the UGC, as long as it is mentioned in clear and legible terms that the degrees are offered by IMI, Belgium. The judge commented to the UGC and HRD Ministry counsels that it takes a considerable amount of investment and effort to set up such institutions like IIPM and it should not be UGC's motive to curtail the operations of such institutions. The high court also put a question mark on the credibility of the role played by UGC.

After the IIPM counsel argued about the world-class credibility of IIPM where faculties from top universities like Harvard, Oxford, MIT etc have also taught and about IIPM's 35 years of existence, in its judgment, the High Court further ordered the UGC to immediately remove the name of IIPM from the list of fake universities, as IIPM is neither a university and had never claimed to be one either.

The decision of High Court has been hailed by the student's fraternity in India with appreciation that even a body like UGC is not above the law and further substantiates IIPM's credibility as India's premier business school.

Case Number:
W.P (C) No 4567 of 2008

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