Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Blogger Power & Kali Puja !

The controversy that just seems to have spilled over.
(Was busy with Durga Puja at that time and missed out on this)
IIPM vs a few bloggers (Gaurav Sabnis and Rashmi Bansal) & JAM Online Mag's article.
Gaurav had to actually leave resigned from his job at IBM - similar to incidents at Microsoft and Google in the US where bloggers were made to leave, maybe this time more an individual's decision rather than the company giving marching orders . . .
  • A gist of the issue from NDTV
  • Read an indepth detail of the legal saga HERE.
  • Also more details HERE.
My opinion on this:
If IIPM did have a reason to go after JAM Mag which did an expose on its false claims of infrastucture and the MBA degree awarded by them (the IIPM and the degree are unrecognised by AICTE and any other official body in India) then they should have probably done it in a less dramatic and less defiling manner. The hyper-reaction shows that they are indeed guilty of malpractice and mis-advertising campaigns. They basically tend to hype up everything and also have a certain malice towards the IIMs which are considered the premier management institutes in India. They want to get even probably. Also the bloggers have gone for an overkill by slandering the ponytailed management guru Arindam Chaudhuri, some of whose books I have read and which are plain and clearly hypocritical. All in all; I am in awe and sad that Gaurav who for whatever reason lost his job - his call entirely so I cannot comment on that decision. The IIMs definitely create the best MBA grads in the country; but how much that helps the country back is an open question - just like the brain drain from IITs. I am not against these excellent educational organisations but we need to debate these issues more. Probably the IIT exam reforms are a step in that direction - something similar would follow for IIMs too. Recently there was a conference in IIM Bangalore I guess; if I am not wrong that had debates and presentations on how India can developed at a better and faster way. The best brains debating on such issues will definitely throw up some interesting answers.

Wishing you all a happy Diwali/Deepavali/Kali Puja (another myth here; more here and here) and a Rajyotsava (Karnataka state's birthday ;-)).

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