News article “Irom award shot in arm for anti-AFSPA campaigners” from Indian Express informs us that activist Irom Sharmila has been conferred with “prestigious peace award” by Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM).
I was wondering how IE has arrived at the conclusion that this is a ‘prestigious’ award?
Has this been conferred before to other eminent personalities? Fact is this is first time such an award has been given!
Has this been given out by a prestigious institution? The award is being given by IIPM which has comein for some severe criticism. In fact, The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recently issued another public notice against the Indian Institute of Planning & Management (IIPM) saying that it is “not a university within the meaning of Section 2(f) of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956”. It added that as per Section 22 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, IIPM does not have the right of conferring degrees as specified by the commission under Section 22(3) of the UGC. It has also clarified that IIPM is neither entitled to award MBA/BBA/BCA degree nor it is recognised by UGC.
IE should me more discreet before using using adjectives which may be misleading!
Interestingly even Hindu carried same news but gave ‘prestigious’ a miss.