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B-school 'fudges' figures for top slot

Faculty members at the University Business School at Panjab varsity fake figures to get the institution graded.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2007 20:11 IST
Jaideep Sarin (IANS)
Jaideep Sarin (IANS)

A leading business school in Chandigarh has been found to have 'fudged' figures to get into the top slot of B-schools in India.

The University Business School (UBS) at Panjab University is mired in controversy after it came to light that a few faculty members faked the figures between 2003 and 2005 to get the institution graded this way.

In the process, UBS found itself in the elite company of the top 10 business schools - the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) at Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Kolkata being the best-rated B-schools. UBS was in the top 10 list in 2005.

An internal inquiry committee set up by university Vice Chancellor RC Sobti submitted its report on Friday.

It held Manoj Sharma, a reader in UBS, responsible for putting down fake data before rating bodies like the All India Management Association (AIMA) and leading business magazines, said Ashok Goyal, member of the university senate. The senate is the highest decision making body of the university.

Goyal highlighted the discrepancies in the claims of UBS. He said he was "startled" that so many lies had been told to the rating bodies to secure a good ranking.

Sharma now faces punitive action though he defended himself before the inquiry committee and said that he was not involved in sending the latest figures to AIMA and others.

"The figures were far removed from reality. They (UBS authorities) should be sensitive to the future of students coming here," Goyal said.

The UBS, in the rating form, claimed that it had 23 research chairs sponsored by industry. It has none so far.

It claimed that its faculty had 400 houses on its campus and other staff had another 750. In Panjab University, UBS is just another department and only 12 faculty members and a few employees have been allotted houses in the campus.

The figure for research journals was brought down by 100 as a 'corrective' measure after higher figures were sent earlier, UBS sources said.

UBS also claimed that its students were earning thousands of dollars in jobs abroad. In reality, none of the institute's students had ever got a foreign placement immediately after passing out.

Students in UBS said they now felt "cheated" by the revelation that the figures had been fudged to secure a good ranking among business schools. Some of them said they had opted for UBS precisely because of its ranking.