AICTE nod for admission to MBA, PGDM programs on foundation of marks in qualifying UG exams

New Delhi, August 24

The All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has allowed enterprise faculties and establishments providing MBA and PGDM programs to confess college students primarily based on marks obtained in qualifying undergraduate exams as a number of entrance checks couldn’t be carried out on account of COVID-19, officers stated.

The technical training regulator has additionally clarified that the relief is being made obtainable just for the 2020-21 educational session and shouldn’t be seen as a precedent for future educational years.

“All-India tests such as CAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA, MAT, GMAT and the Common Entrance Test of respective states are the qualifying tests for admission to MBA or the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) course. In many states, some of these entrance tests could not be conducted due to the fear of coronavirus spread, and there is no indication as to whether these tests are postponed or likely to be held or cancelled,” AICTE Member Secretary Rajive Kumar stated.

“AICTE, being more a facilitator than a regulator, considered alternative proposition through which selection of students could be made for admission to the PGDM course which will benefit both the institutions as well as the students. Therefore, in the current scenario, the PGDM and MBA institutions are allowed to admit students on the basis of marks obtained in qualifying examinations by preparing a merit list in a transparent manner. However, first preference will be given to candidates who have appeared in any of the entrance tests and have qualified, irrespective of their marks secured at degree level as long as minimum marks are secured,” Kumar added.

The council has directed establishments to pick candidates primarily based on advantage within the qualifying UG exams if there are vacant seats obtainable.

“The states may also use this relaxation while allotting seats through counselling. It may be noted that this relaxation to the PGDM and MBA institutions shall be applicable only for the academic year 2020-21, this cannot be taken as a precedent for the future academic years,” Kumar stated.

Universities and faculties throughout the nation have been closed since March 16, when the Centre introduced a national classroom shutdown as a part of measures to include COVID.

A nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25. While a number of restrictions have been eased, faculties and schools proceed to be closed.

Many MBA entrance exams, together with MAT and ATMA, have moved to the Internet-Based Testing (IBT) platform. Global MBA entrance examination, GMAT, too, is being carried out in IBT mode. PTI

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