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Arindam Chaudhuri
Pratibha Devisingh Patil presenting the Rajat Kamal Award to Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri for the Best Hindi Film (Hindi Do Dooni Char), at the 58th National Film Awards function, in New Delhi on September 09, 2011.jpg
Arindam Chaudhuri
Born (1971-12-08) 8 December 1971 (age 52)
Nationality Indian
Education Post Graduate Diploma in Planning and Entrepreneurship
Alma mater Indian Institute of Planning and Management
Spouse(s) Rajita Chaudhuri
Parent(s) Malay Chaudhuri

Arindam Chaudhuri is an Indian national best known for his involvement with the now-defunct Indian Institute of Planning and Management, an unaccredited institute that was previously headquartered in New Delhi and had 18 branches across India. The institute has been widely criticized for false advertisements and fraudulent practices. On 23 August 2020, Chaudhuri was arrested for tax evasion of 230 million (US$3.9 million).

Biography

Arindam is the son of Malayendra Kisor Chaudhuri, who founded the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) in 1973. He received his post graduate diploma in Planning and Entrepreneurship from the now defunct IIPM in 1992 He later became the Honorary Dean for the IIPM Centre for Economic Research and Advanced Studies. Also in 2004, Arindam Chaudhuri was appointed as a member (social and agricultural sector) of the Consultative Committee for the Planning Commission, Government of India. He is the founder of Planman Consulting and Great Indian Dream Foundation, a social sector organisation. He is also the owner of the Delhi franchise of the i1 Super Series motor sports league.

The film Rok Sako To Rok Lo saw Arindam debut as a movie producer and director. Planman Motion Pictures went on to produce Bengali movies Sanjhbatir Rupkathara (2002), Dosar (2006) and the National Film Award winner Faltu (2006). Planman also produced two more Hindi movies Mithya (2008), starring Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Naseeruddin Shah and Vinay Pathak. Another movie produced by them, The Last Lear was awarded the National Film Award for Best Film in English in the year 2009 by the Government of India.

Court cases

Found to be awarding MBA degrees under false pretences

In September 2014, acting on a public interest litigation, high court censured IIPM and Arindam Chaudhuri for misleading students. The court noted that IIPM was promoting an impression that it had recognition from a foreign management institute—International Management Institute (IMI), Belgium. The court found that in fact IMI had been set up by Arindam Chaudhuri and his father Malay Chaudhuri and was not even recognized by the laws of Belgium.

In July 2015, IIPM announced that it will stop offering education programmes directly, and shut down all its campuses outside Delhi. It will operate only as a research and training institute in Delhi.

Student sues for refund for unaccredited degree

On 4 June 2013 a case was registered against Arindam Chaudhuri and five other persons at Hazratganj police station of Lucknow. IPC sections 418, 420, 465, 471 and 506 had been pressed against six people.

Awards

  • Best Hindi Film for Do Dooni Chaar, National Film Awards, 2011.
  • Best Feature Film in English for The Last Lear, National Film Awards, 2007.
  • Best Film on Family Welfare for Faltu, National Film Awards, 2006.
  • The Priyadarshini Memorial Award for Excellent contribution to Management from the Priyadarshini Academy, Mumbai in 2006
  • Example to Youth award from the District Rotaract Council, a part of Rotary International, in 2004
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