Institutions offering MBA and PGDM courses were allowed to admit students based on grades obtained in qualified bachelor’s exams due to the failure of several entrance tests due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) .
The Tech Education Regulator has also made it clear that relaxation will only be provided for the 2020-21 academic session and should not be viewed as a precedent for future academic years. “All India tests such as CAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA, MAT, GMAT and the Common Entrance Test of the respective states are the qualification tests for admission to the MBA or the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM). In many states, some of these entry tests could not be performed for fear of the coronavirus spreading and there is no indication of whether these tests will be postponed or likely to be held or canceled, “said AICTE Member Secretary Rajive Kumar.
“AICTE, which is more of an intermediary than a regulator, considered an alternative proposal that could select students for admission to the PGDM course, which would benefit both institutions and students.
“Therefore, in the current scenario, the PGDM and MBA institutions are allowed to enroll students based on grades they received on the exam by transparently creating an achievement list. However, candidates who have appeared in one of the entrance tests and have qualified will be given preference regardless of whether their grades are secured at the final level, as long as the minimum score is met, ”added Kumar.
The council has instructed the institutions to select candidates based on their merit in the qualifying UG exams when vacancies are available.
“The states can also take advantage of this relaxation while they are giving seats through advice. It can be noted that this relaxation for the PGDM and MBA institutions only applies to the 2020-21 academic year. This cannot be seen as a precedent for future academic years, ”said Kumar.
Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16, when the center announced a nationwide classroom closure as part of measures to contain COVID-19. A nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25. While some restrictions have been relaxed, schools and colleges will remain closed.