Delhi High Court bars IIPM from advertising without Court OK

The Delhi High Court has passed an order that enforces an earlier order by the University Grants Commission on IIPM's advertising.

The High Court order essentially prevents IIPM from releasing any advertising in any medium without the approval of the court to prevent students from being misled by what the UCG called 'dubious advertisements' to 'attract students deceptively'.

IIPM Website/Screen grab

IIPM Website/Screen grab

In case number W.P.(C) 5937/2010, where B. MAHESH SHARMA is the petitioner against the Union of India and others, including IIPM, the Chief Justice Manmohan J, passed an order on 2.12.2013 as follows:

"Learned counsel for UGC has today handed over in Court a speaking order dated 19th November, 2013. The relevant portion of the said order is reproduced hereinbelow:-

Conclusion

In view of the aforesaid observations and findings the committee concluded that advertisements issued by IIPM have the potential to mislead the students and public at large. This practice of issuing such dubious advertisements by IIPM to attract students deceptively should be stopped forthwith.

Mr. Arvind K. Nigam, learned senior counsel for IIPM states that IIPM has received the aforesaid order only on 22nd November, 2013 and it is considering its legal options. He, however, states that in the meantime, without prejudice to its rights and contentions, IIPM shall not print/publish/insert/issue/place any advertisement either in any newspaper, journal or Television or website without the prior approval of this Court.

The aforesaid statement made by Mr. Arvind K. Nigam, learned senior counsel is accepted by this Court and respondent-IIPM is held bound by the same.

The UGC is directed to file an additional affidavit within a period of two weeks.

List the matter for final arguments in the week commencing 10th February, 2014 as Item No.1 subject to overnight part-heard."

UGC-IIPM

Ugc Iipm Report Part 2


Updated Date: Dec 21, 2014 00:40 AM

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