Management Guru and Director, IIPM, Arindam Chaudhuri in New Delhi. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt The Delhi High Court on Friday restrained the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) from publicising the courses run by it as management, MBA, BBA or business school programmes, and directed the institution to display prominently on its website the fact that IIPM is not recognised by any statutory body or authority. Writ petition The Court order is applicable to all officials of IIPM, including dean Arindam Chaudhuri. A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R. S. Endlaw delivered the judgment on a public interest writ petition accusing IIPM of fraudulently using “MBA/BBA” terms for its courses, and misleading and cheating the students attracted to it under the belief that they will acquire these qualifications. The Manonmaniam Sundaranar University of Tamil Nadu, which had franchised its MBA programme to IIPM allegedly in violation of the norms of the University Grants Commission (UGC), was one of the respondents in the case. Advertisements The foreign universities and institutions whose names the IIPM was using in its advertisements to lure the students were impleaded as other parties. Making their submissions on the writ petition moved by B. Mahesh Sharma, the UGC and the All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE) stated that IIPM was not entitled to confer or grant any decree. Besides, the M. S. University, being a State University, could not have approved the IIPM as an onside academic partner institution to confer the degrees. The IIPM admitted in the High Court that its affiliation with M. S. University had come to an end and it was now running only certain courses. The IIPM counsel also said the institution was not entitled to and did not confer any degree. "Maze" The Bench said the IIPM's advertisement on a website was a "maze" created by it to entrap students to enlist with it in the hope of acquiring a qualification which it was not entitled to confer. “..It enriched IIPM to a considerable extent as is evident from the huge expenditure being incurred by it in publicity in print and electronic media,” said the Court. The Court directed the IIPM to upload and display prominently on its website its judgment within a week, and clarified that its directions will not relieve the institution from the liability, if any, in any action taken by anyone for having been misled in the past. The Court also imposed a cost of Rs.25,000 on IIPM, to be paid to the Delhi Legal Services Authority, within four weeks.