HC query to State on celebrity ads

Hearing a petition by Praveen Mesta and others, students of Indian Institute of Planning and Managment, who had sought refund of their original documents and the fees after they found that the institute they got admitted was being run without taking necessary permission from regulatory bodies, Justice Abdul Nazeer has ordered emergent notice to the State and others.

The petitioners, who were admitted to first year MBA course in the Koramangala-based Institute, found that the institute was offering a distance learning programme. They wanted to quit and sought refund of their tuition fees and return of their originals submitted at the time of admission. The institute obtained a court injunction preventing them from entering the college, stating that they are obstructing its smooth functioning. The petitioners stated that the institute had admitted them, offering a full scale two-year MBA course at Rs 45,000 a month, which turned out to be a diploma course.

 They further claimed that they were lured by advertisements about the course and its stated affiliation to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University. They said they later found out that the college was not on the list of institutions recognised for distant learning centres and its application to run such centres had been rejected.  

Counsel for the petitioners submitted that the institute had bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan attending its events. The Court ordered an emergent notice to Arindam Choudary, founder director, IIPM, M S University, UGC, AICTE, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary, Department of Higher Education and others.

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