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Saturday, October 08, 2005

The Firm v/s Gaurav Sabnis

A few months ago, three hundred students sacrificed admits to Ivy League b-schools like Harvard, Wharton, Kellogg, Chicago and Stanford. Because they had just realised their life's dream and ambition. They were heading to India... to study in the world's numero uno institute. They were all armed with admits to the IIPM. Yeah, that's right. Didn't you hear that India had finally arrived? And all because of one man...
The above could as well be found on the back cover of Arindam Choudhury's next book. The sad part is our folks would buy the argument. But hey, not any longer. India's army of bloggers is ready and raring to go.

With a publicity stunt that includes the punch line "Dare to think beyond the IIMs?", this self-proclaimed "institution" has proved that it is no more than a bunch of goons who cannot handle criticism, by taking on Gaurav Sabnis, in more ways than one. As Rashmi Bansal points out:
A series of 'blogs' (3 created two days ago and 7 created one day ago) have sprouted up, extolling the virtues of studying at IIPM. They are named:

  • IIPM Infrastructure
  • IIPM Rankings
  • IIPM Rankings 'The Real Truth'
  • Great Lecture by Sir Geoffrey Owen at IIPM
  • Placements IIPM
  • Summer Placement in Planman
  • IIPM is ahead of its time
  • IIPM's Publication and Research
  • Real Gaurav Sabnis

The last of these, as can be guessed, claims to be the real thing. However, given the long and time-honoured (read dubious) record of IIPM, such things aren't very surprising, eh? This kind of institutional splogging shows them in very bad light (which they already are in). What kind of institute would they be, and how can anyone entrust their future with these people? Is this part of Mr. Arbit, er... Arindam Choudhury's great Indian dream? A few hundred blogs in praise of his two-bit institute, that cannot stand up to one bit of criticism?

Our support might not count for much. But for whatever it amounts to, let us side with Gaurav... the real one!

And as always, to Hell with splogs!

P.S.: Kaps has put up a list of blogs with similar reactions. I'm (shamelessly) copying that list here. Harini Calamur, Press Talk, Varun's Thoughtful Chaos, Srini, The Arbit Council, DesiPundit, Anshul, Charu, Patrix, Muthuvel, Thalassa Mikra, Jagan, Vatsan, Mridula, Jo


Blogger Selva said...

Whenvever I see the IIPM ads in the newspaper, I remember the Kungumam ad on Sun TV. The latter tells pseudo-truths in a highly exaggerated way while the former tells true lies in an utmost earnest way.


10/09/2005 03:34:00 AM  
Blogger Srini said...

I agree. The IIPM empty vessel is making a lot of noise now. I have linked this post in my blog.

10/09/2005 03:47:00 AM  
Blogger Gaurav said...

Thanks for your support.

10/09/2005 07:55:00 AM  
Blogger Vijay Krishna said...

All for a noble cause...

10/09/2005 08:10:00 AM  
Blogger Tarun said...

IIPM should be be shut down. I came across http://gauravsabnis.blogspot.com/2005/08/fraud-that-is-iipm.html long ago and I emailed to people.
Good job VK. I will e-mail a link to this post as well.

10/09/2005 08:22:00 AM  
Blogger Kaps said...

no problem with the copying part. i just wanted to show the different voices which condemn the baseless personal attacks. This is to prove them that all of us feel strongly about this development.

10/09/2005 09:37:00 AM  
Blogger Sheks said...

bigger and more frequent the ad(even hero honda and bajaj resort to one-full-page ads)lesser the quality.

10/09/2005 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger mandar talvekar said...

Hey Vijay,
Thanks for that comment on my blog. That's a very neat way of looking at things -- "recognising" Arindam Chaudhuri's contribution in bringing the blogging community in India together.

Guess what? If he were to read this, he might just get it inculded in an IIPM ad or get his institute to award him a blogging gold medal.

10/10/2005 07:45:00 AM  

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