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Thursday, October 20, 2005

News Today covers IIPM Blog Wars

Chennai based eveninger News Today has a detailed description of the IIPM Blog Wars. On a related note, The Hindu heaped praise on AC in an article published today. It also said that IIPM is the ‘costliest’ Business School in India. Haven’t they heard of ISB before? BTW is it really an accomplishment if a B-School is referred to as the ‘costliest’ B-School?

For long it has been presumed that blogs are mere personal diaries of those with spare time, a PC and an incurable urge to air their views. But India is now slowly waking up to the fact that blogs are the new form of 'citizen journalism' and indeed can do investigative stories that can rival anything that mainstream media (MSM) is capable of offering.

Several bloggers independently started digging into the claims of IIPM and Arindam and his father Malay Chaudhuri, who started IIPM. Blogs like thalassamikra.blogspot.com, which have been able to cross check what Arindam and Malay had claimed, have come up with some startling revelations (that are verifiable by anyone).

IIPM's European connections also emerge as highly bogus. IIPM is said to have links with institutes like IMI, BBS, EBMS, and GCME. But as thalassamikra.blogspot.com points out the websites of the International Management Institute, the Barcelona Business School, and the European Business Management School look suspiciously similar and have been designed by the same man Thierry Kirschstein. The suggestion here is that all of them look like a cooked up link.

This blog has also sought out NARIC-Vlaanderen, a Belgian government organisation that determines the validity of degrees offered both within and outside Belgium for use within Belgium and received this as a reply: 'The International Management Institute in Antwerp and Brussels is a very very very very very very private institution... was a diploma mill. The qualifications awarded by this kind of institution are NOT at all recognised by any Flemish or Belgian education authority. Holders of such qualifications may NOT claim any academic (further studies) or civil right (access to regulated professions)'.

IIPM, which is one of the costliest management institutions in India, now has a lot to explain while blogs can start to enjoy their moment under the sun.


  • the hindu article sucks!!

    By Blogger capriciously_me, at 1:02 AM  

  • I thinks its a good start.
    But blog as alternative medium in India, well long way to go.
    MSM allow pannuvanga I dont think so.

    By Blogger Ganesh, at 2:38 AM  

  • Sorry but the Hindu has got it all wrong! Their article mentions that AC is going to be taking his business and insititution to places like the UK... sorry but the only way he was going to do that was through his contact in Cambridge!

    The Registrar's office and deans at Cambridge have been informed about IIPM as of 18.00GMT today about the whole IIPM scam... in fact Jane Collier who's supposedly doing a guest lecture at IIPM's campus in New Delhi and Hyderabad might be recalled by Cambridge or will respond to an email which was sent to her about IIPM certifications for the courses she teaches at IIPM - we'll post the update on that as it comes in!

    Good luck IIPM - your patrons in Dubai aren't going to let you get away with the millions you fool them out of every minute!

    Start getting ready to be served a lawsuit! Thinking of going to USM - malaysia or maybe Ryerson in Canada? well think again.. think Interpol.. and think justice will be done - soon!

    By Blogger IIPM Watchdog, at 6:10 AM  

  • may be arindam thinks costly = premium. so that means, the iipm students have made the most premium mistake of their lives :-)

    By Blogger anantha, at 10:58 AM  

  • Nice to see News Today covering it. I never knew about IIPM etc..until all these issues started.

    I am happy that Mainstream Media is pluggin the blogs..which is a good sign.

    By Blogger Narayanan Venkitu, at 1:16 PM  

  • unrelated article...but thot u guys may be interested... http://www.hindu.com/2005/10/21/stories/2005102116730200.htm :D

    By Blogger capriciously_me, at 1:41 PM  

  • The hindu has acted irresponsibaly by publishing an article praising AC at this juncture

    By Anonymous vasanthi, at 2:48 PM  

  • check this article in the Business Standard...

    Loved this bit:

    What is more, all the really malicious stuff about Bansal and Sabnis are written anonymously by people with IDs such as “OracleCoder”, “IIPMstudent9” and so on.

    To the rational reader, the nasty tone of these missives alone will detract from their integrity. The point, however, is that all manner of things have been publicly alleged about Bansal, the magazine she edits and Sabnis.

    Unlike the original article, none of these facts have been graced with the slightest verification by their authors. JAM has reportedly been sent a legal notice for the article. But these anonymous readers get away scot free. Is this fair?

    Also to the point, none of this does IIPM the slightest bit of credit, nor does it enhance its reputation. If it wants to defend itself with dignity and credibility, the institution would do well to set up a blog of its own rebutting the facts in the JAM piece and publicly dissociating itself from the more injudicious comments of its enthusiastic alumni.

    By Blogger Gautam Ghosh, at 4:59 PM  

  • In regards to 'The Hindu'..all i can say is that "Money Talks".

    By Anonymous Sakshi, at 8:37 PM  

  • regular one pagers is all you need to earn loyalty....
    did not expect it from The Hindu...I think it must be some 2nd tier correspondants...

    By Blogger Neodawn, at 2:07 AM  

  • If you ask me, the guy looks like a hijra.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:01 PM  

  • I don't think it was ever meant as a compliment. The Hindu does not heap praise on anyone. It states the facts. IIPM may not be the costliest business school in the country but that doesn't mean it's not among the costliest. The Hindu was stating this not prasing it. In your hurry to defend the bloggers, it's best not to consider all the big guys as the bad guys. Great blog. Slightly off analysis. Cheers. Humbly Avi

    By Blogger Übermaniam, at 4:44 PM  

  • @CM,
    even i thought so

    u r right ganesh. it will take a long while before blogs really compete with MSM in india

    @IIPM Watchdog,
    thanks for the updates. i did read about this in other blogs as well

    even i think that they might have equated costly with premium

    @Venkitu Sir,
    MSM has helped in taking this issue to a wider audience

    that was ToI style article by Hindu. i heard that they devoted 1/4th of Page 2 for that article

    even i think that the AC article in Hindu was inappropriate

    I did read about this in Biz Std. thanks for the pointer

    aptly phrased

    the correspondent was not named. sounds strange

    i don't want to get a legal notice. so i reserve my comments

    i'm not hurrying to defend the bloggers. most of the people (bloggers and non-bloggers) hv expressed the feeling that the article was not the best ones in the current context.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 11:25 PM  

  • Thanks for this information about Thierry Kirschstein
    I think you helpe me

    By Anonymous Saleh, at 5:21 AM  

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