Arindam Chaudhuri

Arindam Chaudhuri is an Indian author and the director of IIPM Think Tank at Indian Institute of Planning and Management.[1]

Arindam Chaudhuri
Born (1971-12-08) 8 December 1971
EducationPost Graduate Diploma in Planning and Entrepreneurship
Alma materIndian Institute of Planning and Management
Spouse(s)Rajita Chaudhuri
Parent(s)Malay Chaudhuri

He has produced movies that have collected three National Film Awards.[2]


Arindam is the son of Malayendra Kisor Chaudhuri,[3] who founded the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) in 1973.[4] He received his post graduate diploma in Planning and Entrepreneurship from the now defunct IIPM in 1992[5] He later became the Honorary Dean for the IIPM Centre for Economic Research and Advanced Studies.[6] 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.[7] He is the founder of Planman Consulting and Great Indian Dream Foundation, a social sector organisation.[8][9] He is also the owner of the Delhi franchise of the i1 Super Series motor sports league.[10]

The film Rok Sako To Rok Lo saw Arindam debut as a movie producer and director.[11] Planman Motion Pictures went on to produce Bengali movies Sanjhbatir Rupkathara (2002),[12] Dosar (2006)[13] and the National Film Award winner Faltu (2006).[14][15] Planman also produced two more Hindi movies Mithya (2008), starring Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Naseeruddin Shah and Vinay Pathak.[16] 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.[17]

Business interests

Charudhuri is the founder of Planman Group, a consulting and entertainment firm. In 2011, Chaudhuri became the second franchise owner for i1 Super Series, a motorsports league scheduled to begin in 2013.[18]

Court cases

Found to be awarding MBA degrees under false pretences

In September 2014, acting on a public interest ligitation, 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.[19][20]

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.[21][22]

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.[23]

Abuse of Caravan, Google, Penguin

In February 2011, a book excerpt on Arindam Chaudhuri published in the Caravan magazine and the chapter from the book (The Great Gatsby: A Rich Man in India) on which the excerpt was based, were removed following a preliminary injunction order by a court against Caravan, author Siddhartha Deb and the book publisher Penguin Books, in response to a lawsuit citing "grave harassment and injury".[24][25] On Feb 15, 2013 Mr Chaudhari was able to get 73 URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) which were critical of Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) blocked by a court order in India, including that of University Grants Commission (UGC) page with guidelines on IIPM, links carrying such content on newspaper, consumer forum and satire websites, as well as online news portals.[26] The UGC page included a public notice stating that IIPM was not a university recognized by it, and that it could not confer or grant degrees.[27] In January 2013, a court in Gwalior ordered the Department of Telecommunications to block several URLs of several with content critical of IIPM. The blocked webpages included the public notice on the UGC website. Other blocked URLs included content from The Indian Express, The Economic Times, The Times of India, The Wall Street Journal, Outlook Magazine, FirstPost, Rediff, The Caravan Magazine, as well as satirical websites such as Faking News and The UnReal Times.[28] Chaudhuri had earlier got an injunction from a court in Silchar against the publishing of an article on him and IIPM in Caravan magazine.[29] This censorship was called a clear abuse of the judicial process by legal experts in the media, and led to a huge outrage in traditional as well as social media. The online community responded with a counter-offensive against IIPM and Chaudhuri, calling attention worldwide to what the institute wanted purged.[30][31][32] Chaudhuri defended the legal action against UGC and the media, saying that the UGC and AICTE are "full of bribe-seeking corrupt officials".[33] The Dabra court near Gwalior ordered the unblocking of the links which were blocked previously on the basis of the review petition filled by the DoT.[34]


  • Best Hindi Film for Do Dooni Chaar, National Film Awards, 2011.[35][36]
  • Best Feature Film in English for The Last Lear, National Film Awards, 2007.[17][37]
  • Best Film on Family Welfare for Faltu, National Film Awards, 2006.[35][38]
  • The Priyadarshini Memorial Award for Excellent contribution to Management from the Priyadarshini Academy, Mumbai in 2006[39]
  • Example to Youth award from the District Rotaract Council, a part of Rotary International, in 2004[40]


Arindam Chaudhuri has authored five books:

  • Discover the diamond in you[41]
  • Count your chickens before they hatch
  • The Great Indian Dream: Restoring pride to a nation betrayed[42]
  • Thorns to Competition[43]
  • Cult: Leadership & Business Strategy
  • News report about DoT blocking sites talking about UGC public notice[44]


  1. Maheshwari, Dairya (27 May 2011). "Simply unstoppable". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Thank you father, For bringing Kaviguru Rabindra Nath Tagore in my life... again!". Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  4. "What's Shah Rukh doing in B-school?". The Times of India. 8 June 2009.
  5. Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta (25 April 2009). "Managing the nation (Interview with Arindam Chaudhuri)". Frontline. 26 (9).
  6. "Straight answers". Times of India. 13 September 2004.
  7. "Planman Consulting". Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  8. "Our Passion For Serving A Purposeful India" (PDF). Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  9. "Chaudhuri named i1's Delhi franchise owner". The Times of India. 8 November 2011.
  10. "Rok sako to rok lo". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 8 March 2004.
  11. "Setting his sights on Hollywood". The Times of India. 21 August 2002.
  12. "Taking Indian ideas to the West". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 5 October 2005.
  13. "Cinema News - Movie Reviews - Movie Trailers". Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  14. ‘Faltu’ to be released on February 17, The Tribune, Chandigarh.
  15. "The debutante". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 23 November 2006.
  16. "Arindam Chaudhuri confirmed as Delhi i1 team owner". Daily News and Analysis. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  17. "High court censures IIPM, Arindam Chaudhuri for misleading students". 27 September 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  18. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 September 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. "IIPM notice". Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  20. M Saraswathy (2 July 2015). "IIPM to shut down all campuses October onwards". Business Standard.
  21. "Management institute owner booked". The Times of India. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  22. "IIPM sues Caravan, Google, Penguin for Rs 50 cr". IBN Live. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  23. "IIPM sues mag for Rs 50 crore". Ahmedabad Mirror. 23 June 2011. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  24. Saraswathy, M. (23 February 2013). "IIPM dares to take on the regulators". Business Standard. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  25. "Subject:- Unrecognized status of IIPM" (PDF). Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  26. "IIPM hits out at ugc experts say blocking websites wont help". News18. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  27. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 October 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  28. "Think beyond censorship". 19 February 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  29. Mukunth, Vasudevan; Srivas, Anuj (18 February 2013). "This gag order is no faking news". Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  30. Subramanian, Karthik (17 February 2013). "Outrage over blocking comments against IIPM". Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  31. "UGC, AICTE full of bribe-seeking corrupt officials, says IIPM". Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  32. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 March 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  33. "National Award gives personal kick, professional boost: Arindam Chaudhuri". News report. Sify Technologies. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  34. Government of India (September 2008). "58th National Film Awards". Government publication. Government of India. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  35. Government of India (September 2008). "55th National Awards" (PDF). Government publication. Government of India. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  36. Government of India (September 2008). "54th National Awards" (PDF). Government publication. Government of India. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  37. "Kareena to get Smita Patil award". Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  38. Rotaract Council felicitates Arindam Chaudhuri. The Tribune, Chandigarh
  39. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 August 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  40. MALAY CHAUDHURI; ARINDAM CHAUDHURI (19 October 2017). "Great Indian Dream: Restoring pride to a nation betrayed". Macmillan India Limited,. 2/10 Ansari Road, Daryaganj. Retrieved 19 October 2017 via Library Catalog (Koha).
  41. "風俗専門日記". Archived from the original on 25 September 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  42. "IIPM hits out at UGC, experts say blocking websites won't help". Retrieved 1 January 2014.
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