The Supreme Court has allowed the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) to conduct its own entrance examination for the academic year beginning in 2013. The institute had filed a petition in the Apex Court challenging the directive of the AICTE to admit students only on the basis of anyone of the following five entrance examinations — CAT, MAT, XAT, ATMA and CMAT.
According to a statement issued by IRMA, its basic contention in its writ petition was that the AICTE directive amounted to interference in its functional autonomy. The institute further said that the entrance examination designed by it was necessary to maintain a high standard of education and to spot the best talents suitable for the programme it offered.
IRMA has pleaded that it be allowed to hold a separate entrance test as it runs a unique rural management programme and needs to test aspiring students in social awareness and commitment.
During a hearing held on November 6, 2012, the Supreme Court allowed the country’s premier rural management institute to conduct its own written test and admit students for the academic year 2013. IRMA’s entrance test for the academic year beginning next year is scheduled to be held on Sunday, November 11, 2012 in 27 cities across the country.