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Gaurav Sabnis/Rashmi Bansal vs. IIPM

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There’s so much of turbulance in the blogosphere due to the Gaurav Sabnis/Rashmi Bansal vs. IIPM issue. For the uniniated, here’s my understanding of the issue:

Rashmi Bansal of JAM magazine dug up some information on a scrupulous private management institute IIPM and published a series of articles exposing the lies. Gaurav Sabnis, an IBM employee, posted a link to this series with own thoughts on his personal blog. IIPM people, not happy with this, threatened IBM (who had no role in this episode) with demonstrations. To their credit, IBM bosses did not pressurise Gaurav, but he decided on his own to resign from IBM so that his employers did not suffer in this. So this is the case of some bunch of thugs trying to suppress adverse opinions (which would potentially harm their “business”), through nuisance tactics.

There have been a lot of (well deserved) support for Gaurav and Rashmi in online community. Before India-bashers start commenting on freedom, I’d like to point out a few things:

  • this episode does not say anything about freedom of speech/expression in India. We Indians are free to write our opinions, in various fora. I think there is no censorship on content that is found acceptable worldwide.
  • AFAIK, the Indian governmnet has not had any role in all this. At times, the government is not proactive in protecting civil liberties of individuals, but that’s due to the weak laws and not deliberate.

Written by ppatil

October 11, 2005 at 9:01 pm

Posted in General Stuff

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  1. IIPM Blog Wars Redux

    Last updated: Oct.11, 2005 10:56pm CST 
    This time it is personal. Rashmi Bansal, JAM editor and a popular blogger has been attacked by so-called IIPM graduates (see comments). [hat tip: Charu]
    We at DesiPundit condemn IIPM and their chamcha bl…


    October 12, 2005 at 3:58 am

  2. Someshit


    October 15, 2005 at 12:24 pm

  3. its high time institutes(so called ) like iipm were exposed …. kudos to rashmi bansal and gaurav sabnis for exposing iipm . the govt too should wake up ….. take a lesson or two from sabnis who quit his job at ibm….


    January 6, 2006 at 8:30 am

  4. Dont you mean ‘UNSCRUPULOUS’. Scrupulous (as you have written) – means principled etc.


    July 27, 2006 at 4:00 am

  5. I have known IIPM from last 10 years. I headed HR for PwC for years and dealt with IIPM and Planman quite extensively. I have personally visited all its campuses and seen excellent facilities. Planman and IIPM provides excellent training support to corporates and I have have found one of the best trainers. IIPM students are very sincere and grounded and I always preferred them over many institutes.


    May 16, 2007 at 10:16 am



      September 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    • Your name BS must be short for BullShit I think. Your comments read like an advertisement for IIPM rather than the well-balanced arguments of a unbiased individual. Even assuming your claims are true, why is it that all the big corporates, who according to IIPM conduct campus interviews, are refuting the same? Why is IIPM dubiously claiming to have facilities like swimming pool & golf courses, when it actually has these facilities only in one of its centers? Why is it that most of the bodies which previously ranked IIPM on the basis of those false claims have withdrawn the rankings and put up disclaimers? And why is the so-called honorary director Arindham chaudhuri come across as a self-promoting and greedy opportunist in all of the ads put out by IIPM?


      December 29, 2011 at 9:34 am

  6. BS = b u l l s h i t 😉


    July 30, 2007 at 5:59 am

  7. the whole world knows that IIPM is nothing but a farce ! free laptoips n free study tours….being spnsored through your fees…is nothin but to catch hold of unsuspecting graduates yearning to live their mba dreams. not to mention ‘admissions closing shortly’ which appears in their ads throughout the year !


    January 18, 2008 at 5:05 am

  8. My cousin’s CAT score reached home after he left the city. To be able to inform him I opened the score report and looking at it I knew that getting into a management course was next to impossible for him, atleast until he attempts the exam again. A few days later there was another letter from IIPM notifying him that he qualifies for admission to their institution.

    Well, the students themselves may be hard working and grounded due to other reasons like the huge loan they are looking to repay somehow.

    In My View

    August 21, 2009 at 8:11 am

  9. If only more than 21 people could hear this!

    Kitty Dejesus

    May 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm

  10. If I had a quarter for every time I came here! Great article.

    Fabian Patrick

    May 30, 2010 at 5:06 pm

  11. If I had a dollar for every time I came here… Amazing post!

    Christine Potts

    June 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm

  12. hey anbdy please help me i am gong 2 tk admsn in iipm please tell me i should or not……


    June 1, 2011 at 8:02 am

    • Many of my frend gone there and got good job. So you also go means you get good job I think.


      November 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

  13. […] Sankaran, Chief NixerChief Nixerit started with an IBM employee Gaurav Sabnis, 7 years backhttps://ppatil.wordpress.com/2005…I think the kind of reactions from IIPM is always making the other unknown party even more […]

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