I try to refrain from posts such as these but this is a fairly serious news that could put a black spot on things.
I have learnt that the President of TIE Lahore has received a complaint from an established business that the CBM team of students behind We Care They Care stole their business plan to present it as their own in TIE.
The complaint mentions that the students has visited their offices and studied their company on an excuse which did not mention the fact that they would be presenting that plan as their own design in the TIE Competition.
Most companies are pretty supportive towards students doing class projects about them, so I can imagine why this company would have spent time with the students to help them. I can also imagine the frustration to learn that all that help was just a ploy to steal someone’s plans.
This can prove to be a very serious dent on the reputation of TIE’s event, given that such unethical means were used to get ahead, and yet in multiple rounds of evaluations and shortlisting no one could tell that this plan wasnt theirs. Its sadder still to see that such behavior landed them a prize and funding.
I would imagine just one of those “Apprentice” board room type of sessions would be enough to reveal when a person hasn’t actually worked on something. Even a simple “what does the market look like?” question can reveal clues if your plan is a xerox copy of another player in the market.
I hope TIE makes quick note of this, investigates the complaint and if found guilty reverses the prize and the funding announcement and sends some sort of a very serious notice to CBM about this.
I also just wish this competition hadn’t been called “Khudee”. What kind of message are our students giving to the industry about raising khudee?