AICTE enables admission to MBA and PGDM courses based on grades in qualified UG exams
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NEW DELHI: Institutions that offer MBA and PGDM courses are allowed to accept students based on grades they have received in qualified bachelor’s exams, as several entrance tests could not be taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so 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 like 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 they are some of these entry tests could not be done due to 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 Rajive Kumar, secretary of the AICTE member.

“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 the institutions and the students.

“Therefore, in the current scenario, the PGDM and MBA institutions are allowed to enroll students based on grades they have received on qualified exams by transparently creating an achievement listing. Candidates who appeared on the exam, however, are first prefer all of the entrance tests and have qualified regardless of their final-level grades as long as minimum grades are secured, “added Kumar.

The council has instructed the institutions to select candidates based on their merit in the qualifying UG exams when vacancies are available.

“States can also take advantage of this relaxation while allocating seats through deliberation. It can be noted that this relaxation for PGDM and MBA institutions only applies to the 2020-21 academic year, this cannot set a precedent for the future Academics are viewed for 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.

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