Kerala HC issues notice to pvt unis against using ‘India’, ‘Indian’ in their names

ERNAKULAM | Updated: 08 December, 2023 3:59 pm IST
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ERNAKULAM: The Kerala High Court sent a notice to various educational institutions to direct them to remove prefixes such as ‘Indian’ and ‘India’ from their names, on Friday.

“The use of the prefixes ‘India’ and ‘Indian’ by private educational institutions is highly misleading, especially to the young and gullible aspiring students freshly graduating from school, who would in all probability, compare the private educational institutions with the premier public institutions such as Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Science, and the like,” the plea stated.

The development has emerged following a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) being moved before the state HC which demanded the removal of ‘Indian’ and ‘India’ being used in the names of institutions. The bench-led by Chief Justice AJ Desai and VG Arun, issued a notice to Lakshya Indian Institute of Commerce Private Limited, Indian Institute of Emergency Medical Services, Indian Institute of Hotel Management Studies, Indian Institute of Financial Planning, Indian Institute of Dental Technology and Indian Institute of Paramedical Science and Technology.

The PIL contended that the usage of ‘Indian’ or India before the names is contrary to the provisions of the Emblems and Names Act (Prevention of Improper Use). The plea also stated that such prefixes are used to mislead and deceive the students that the private institutions are promoted by the Government.

The petitioner stated in his plea that they had submitted representations before the Human Resource Development Minister and the Information and Broadcasting Minister regarding misleading and deceptive advertisements published by these educational institutions.

The plea also stated that a representation has been made to various ministries, however, no action has been taken against the institutions.

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