Team Careers, 10 Aug 2013

March 11, 2010

With UGC moving in slow motion, it is left to the state education departments to fend for themselves. While the case by IIPM against UGC for declaring it as a fake university has been in the courts for almost 2 years, states like Uttarakhand have started moving in to protect the interests of the students of their state.

From March 2009, there has been a agitation going on against IIPM opening a campus in Dehradun. Spearheaded, by the local student activist and practicing advocate Pankaj Chethri, the students have been opposing the opening of IIPM with neither recognition nor approval. On a complaint, the Govt. ordered the Uttarakhand Technical University to conduct an enquiry on the activities of IIPM. The Registrar has recently filed his report to the administration, a copy of which is available with Careers360.  When Careers360 met the Registrar, Chandra Singh Metha, who authored the report, he forcefully argued that the state, must act on the report. Reproduced below are  excerpts from the report and interview:


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Paragraph 3 of the letter

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Para 3 of the letter translated in English:

On April 1, 2009, Shri Nitin Ralhan, Dean IIPM, Dehradun had written a letter requesting for time to submit all documents relating to the institution. However, instead of submitting these documents, on the April 6, 2009, the institution(IIPM) released an advertisement in Amar Ujala and Dainik Jagran inviting applications for admissions into the institution(IIPM).  In this advertisement, the institute claimed, without any basis those students who do a course at the Institute would be eligible to get a MBA/ BBA degree from IMI, Belgium. The university vide its letter 678/ UTU/ investigation/ 2009 dated April 6, 2009 (annexure 8) has directed the institute (IIPM) that till the government takes a decision on the above matter, the Institute (IIPM) should not initiate any process for admissions or do counseling etc. On the same day, vide letter 678A/UTU/Investigation/2009 (annexure 9) addressed to the additional secretary, Technical Education Division, Government of Uttarakhand, has informed that despite repeated reminders on the above matter, the Institute hasn’t submitted the required documents to the University and the Government should, keeping the situation in mind, take a decision in the matter. 

Para 7 of the letter

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Para 7 of the letter translated into English:

In the current matter, IIPM is neither AICTE approved to award MBA/ BBA nor has it taken a No Objection certificate from the state government, which IIPM has itself admitted. Currently, IIPM is operating in Uttarakhand without any government approval or University affiliation and awarding MBA degrees that are not valid or recognised. Unlike other educational institutions operating in Uttarakhand, IIPM is unregulated by the University or the state government, because of which students admitted into IIPM would be harmed, for which the state of Uttarakhand may have to take complete responsibility. Consequently, the state may also have to face demonstrations and anger of students.

IIPM cannot in any circumstances award valid MBA/BBA degrees or conduct such courses in the state of Uttarakhand. To allow institutions like IIPM to operate from the state of Uttarakhand would be unfair to all those educational institutions that have been established with due affiliation/recognition of AICTE or a University or the state government.

These higher educational institutions, meeting all government standards, may also protest such unfair treatment by the government. In the past also, the university vide its letter dated 678A/UTU/investigation/2009 dated April 6, 2009 addressed to technical education division of Uttarakhand Government, brought to its notice that the institution (IIPM) is not providing any document related to affiliation, recognition or approvals. Hence, it is requested that the administration take all these factors into consideration and immediately start required legal action against the institution (IIPM) so that such institutions can be curbed from operating out of Uttarakhand.

Excerpts from an interview with the Registrar, Uttarakhand Technical University

On UGC’s Fake University Listing…
UGC publishes fake university lists.They should take criminal action.  So that state administration too takes actions.

On Response of IIPM
IIPM did not cooperate with us. Despite giving multiple opportunities they never came and met us. Our staff visited their campus, too. They avoided us.

On case against IIPM
The institute operates from rented premises. What if they shut shop and run away tomorrow. They own nothing within Uttarakhand. It is quite similar to fly-by-night finance companies. It is not approved. What is the difficulty for IIPM in getting recognised? Why can’t they take approval? Why can’t they follow the norms?

On the next steps
The technical education department must take action. We are the advisory body and we have placed our advice. The action must be taken by the State. The common man does not understand AICTE, UGC etc. For him only BBA/ MBA becomes visible.  Only later he or she realises that this is a useless degree. Then it is too late.

Also read: 

A report  which appeared in The Tribune Newspaper

IIPM's offering of MBA/ BBA degrees is illegal and students using the titles can be prosecuted

IIPM: Profit instead of ethics

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