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Admission Whip On B-Schools

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A recent All India Council of Technical Education order that management institutes will have to give admission to students from merit lists of CAT, MAT and state-level entrance tests is set to put private institutions on the mat.

Scores of private institutes have been admitting students without conducting entrance tests. While a few conduct their own entrance exams, relatively better-known institutions take students from the merit lists of national-level entrance tests, including CAT and MAT.

"Now private institutions will have to take students from the merit list of CAT or MAT. They will also have to take in students from the merit lists of common entrance tests, which will be conducted by state governments, in the same manner as joint entrance examinations are held for admission into engineering colleges. This will stop the practice of arbitrary selection of students for admission," a source said.

The AICTE had issued notices last month to institutes offering postgraduate diploma in management (PGDM) that they have to take students through common entrance tests.

At present, about 400 of the country's 2,000 B-schools offer PGDM courses. About 50 institutes take students from the merit list of CAT, which is conducted by the IIMs. Over 100 institutions take students from the merit list of MAT, conducted by the All India Management Association. There are few other entrance tests such as the Xavier aptitude test, AIMS test for management admission and the joint management entrance test. As per the AICTE order, national-level tests other than CAT and MAT are invalid.

Some private institutions have opposed the AICTE's new admission policy.

"There are a number of national entrance tests apart from CAT and MAT which are of good standard. If the AICTE does not recognise those tests, we will request them to reconsider their order and allow us to take students from such tests," said J.D. Singh, who heads the Jaipuria Institute of Management.

(The Telegraph)