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The post graduate diploma in management (PGDM) institutes have got a major relief from the supreme court (SC) on the issue of admissions. The court has passed an interim order extending the stay on the All India Council for Technical Educations (AICTE) new regulations for PGDM institutes, by one more year.
Effectively, admissions to PGDM institutes for the 2012-14 batch will be based on the five nationally recognised entrance tests CAT, MAT, XAT, ATMA and JMET instead of only CAT and MAT, as sought by the AICTE through the new rules. On March 17, the apex court had ordered a stay on the new regulations for year 2011-12 only. The latest order, passed on Tuesday by the SC bench of justices R. V. Raveendran and A. K. Patnaik,said, the interim order of March 17 made in regard to the year 2011-12, shall apply in regard to admissions for 2012-13. The bench said, it has become necessary to make interim orders for the year 2012-13 also as the writ petitions (relating to the matter) are still pending. The court further ruled, The interim order will not come in the way of the AICTE amending its regulations (AICTE Approval Process Handbook) to introduce an all India entrance examination for 2012-13 in place of the state level entrance test by the respective states. In December 2010, the AICTE had issued a notification laying fresh set of rules for the council approved technical institutions offering degree, diploma and PGDM courses in the country. Some of the key features of these rules, which were to be effective from 2011-12, were PGDM shall be of a duration not less than two years, all PGDM admissions will be done only through two nationally recognised common entrances test CAT and MAT or the test conducted by the state government (MHT-CET in case of Maharashtra). The seat allotment should be effected by the concerned state government through its competent authority, i.e. Director of Technical Education in case of Maharashtra, the rules stated. Similarly, the rules provided that the fees for each PGDM course will be subject to approval by the Supreme Court mandated Shikshan Shulka Samiti set up by the state. It also provided for nomination of five invitees on behalf of the AICTE and state government. The new rules drew considerable flak from B-schools, which viewed the same as an encroachment on their right to conduct admissions and decide fees. Among the first to move the apex court were the Jaipuria Institute of Management, the Association of Indian Management Schools and the Educational Promotion Society of India, who filed independent writ petitions that led to the March 17 interim order. Another couple of petitions were filed by the Excel Institute of Management and the Pune headquartered Consortium of Management Education, a body of 52 B-schools from Pune and Mumbai. In between, a bunch of three petitions, which were filed in the Delhi HC by the Andhra Pradesh Private Engineering Colleges Association and the Federation of Association of Managements of Unaided Professional Educational Institutions, challenging the AICTE approval process handbook, were transferred to the SC. The HC transferred these cases after the counsel for AICTE said the issues raised were similar to those being handled by the SC in relation to the PGDM institutes.
Courtesy: Times of India
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