The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has demanded that all B-Schools falling under its directive should have a common date for admissions following a report of seats in various B-Schools across the country lying vacant. This is primarily because several B-Schools in India set early deadlines for admissions in order to attract students to their institutes. While students take admissions in such B-Schools, they subsequently leave on getting admission in some other better B-School. This leaves the former institute with a vacant seat. It was learnt at a meeting of the Board of Management Studies’ AICTE arm that as many as 14,500 MBA seats lay vacant in Karnataka while Gujarat and Maharashtra had 3,000 and 6,350 unused seats respectively.
PM’s Take: It is welcoming that AICTE has decided to take such a stance. B-School education in India has become a money-making machine where institutes go to any extent to woo students. While keeping early deadlines for admissions is one aspect, certain B-Schools in India also have two batches in one year which is against AICTE’s norms. Irregular and inconsistent academic cycles are also leaving companies convoluted who flock to such B-Schools for placements. The B-School education system should be uniform across the nation and must conform to the rules and regulations of the AICTE.