All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has permitted business institutions and schools offering PGDM and MBA courses to admit students based on CGPA or marks scored in qualifying UG exams as various entrance exams could not be held amid coronavirus pandemic.
The education regulator has further elucidated that the relaxation has been granted only for the batch of the 2020-21 academic session and would not be applicable in the future academic years.
An AICTE member, Rajiv Kumar said all the entrance tests like CAT, MAT, XAT, ATMA, CMAT, GMAT, and other common entrance tests of respective Universities and states are the qualifying entrance test for admission to various MBA and PG Diploma courses. In various states, these entrance exams can not be conducted due to coronavirus. Also, there is no information as these entrance tests will be postponed, canceled, or conducted.
AICTE is more like a facilitator and less of a regulator. It considered the alternative approach through which the selection process for the 2020 batch can be facilitated. This is to aim both students and institutions and will save the Universities from having a zero year.
Students Who Qualified Entrance Test To Be Given Preference For MBA and PGDM
Kumar added that the MBA and PGDM universities will be permitted to enroll students based on marks obtained in exams while a transparent list will be prepared. However, the foremost preference will be given to students who have already appeared in any of the entrance exams and qualified. Here in this case the marks obtained by the student at UG or PG level will be considered as minimum marks.
The AICTE education council has further directed institutions to enroll candidates on merit basis for admissions in UG courses if the seats remain vacant.
The various states might also use the above-mentioned relaxation for allotting the admissions through interviews. It may also be noted that this relief to the MBA and PGDM institution shall be acceptable only in 2020-21. These criteria can not be taken forward for admissions in future years.
Universities and Institutions around the country have been shut down since March 16, when the government imposed nationwide lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic. A countrywide lockdown was executed on March 25. However, so many restrictions have been alleviated. While the college, and schools are still shut down.