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Ramakanta Biswas

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a public notice regarding the unrecognised status of Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), New Delhi and said the institute does not have the right of conferring degrees. 

“It is hereby informed to the students and public at large that Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), New Delhi is not a University within the meaning of Section 2(f) of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. It does not have the right of conferring degrees as specified by the University Grants Commission under Section 22(3) of the University Grants Commission Act,” UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain stated in a letter.

The letter further clarified that IIPM is neither entitled to award any UG or PG degree, including BBA/IMBA/BCA nor is it recognised by UGC.

“The High Court of Delhi in the matter W.P. (C) no. 593712010 (B. Mahesh Sharma Vs. UoI and Ors.) has also refrained IIPM from offering any degree programme vide its order dated 26th September, 2014,” it added. 

Recently, the Commission debarred the Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM), Andhra Pradesh from offering courses in open and distance learning (ODL) and online learning mode for 2021-22 academic session.  

“GITAM has been banned for one year to offer these courses as it allegedly violated the prescribed norms set for ODL and online programmes. Besides, the institute has been admitting students in violation of provisions under previous and current regulations,” a UGC notice dated September 14 read.

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