Ravi Kumar and Nakul Khanna (name changed) got admission in the Delhi campus of the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) in 2013 for a three-year integrated MBA-BBA programme. They are now clueless about their future, as IIPM has announced closure of its campuses in India by October this year. Standing near their campus at Satbari in New Delhi, the students said they had paid around Rs 9 lakh as tuition fees.
“Whenever some controversy erupted involving our institute, some students used to leave. But we hung on in the hope and never imagined this sort of things would happen to us. Although we have been assured by our faculty members campus placement will take place, we are tense,” they said.
IIPM had decided last week that it would shut all its campuses in India by October, after its old batches finish their courses. “All IIPM campuses now only have old students and these campuses are being shut down as and when old batches finish their courses,” says a message on the IIPM website.
Asked about their experience at the IIPM campus, a student, on the condition of anonymity, said, “When we were admitted in 2013, we were told that we will get degree from the Meghalaya-based Mahatma Gandhi University, but now the management is silent on the issue and saying it’s an entrepreneurship programme, so we are totally clueless what kind of certificate we will get after completion of course.”
Further, they are yet to undergo the institute’s Global Opportunity and Threat Analysis (GOTA) programme, normally conducted abroad. Under the GOTA programme, the institute takes its students abroad for live interactions with the heads of educational and corporate institutions so that they can have firsthand experience of the opportunities and threats they will have to face on a global scale when they start work, and how to cope with them.