Over 300 business schools plan to approach the Supreme Court against the University Grants Commission’s (UGC’s) move to take over autonomous management institutes offering post- graduate diploma in management (PGDM).
Their affiliation with the AICTE, the apex technical education body whose approval was a must for all technical and professional institutes till a year ago, will expire this academic year.
However, autonomous management institutes are in no mood to seek a fresh approval from the local universities as stated in a revised UGC guidelines released on December 23, 2013.
This means none of them would be eligible to admit students in 2014-15. This is significant as CAT results will be declared on January 14 and over 150 institutes (with more than 30,000 seats) conduct admission based on CAT score. The pending approval would affect the admission process of the management institutes.
Mumbai’s SP Jain Institute of Management, Xavier Management Institute, Jamshedpur, Management & Development Institute, Gurgaon, and Birla Institute of Management Technology, Noida, have come under one banner — Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI).
They have decided to approach the apex court, seeking to bring back the AICTE at the helm of technical education citing the council’s “efficient, transparent and high-tech system” as against the “inefficient, corrupt, slow and backward” public universities.
Dr Harishchandra Chaturvedi, executive president of EPSI and director at Birla Institute of Management Technology, Noida, told dna: “The autonomous institutions can’t be forcibly affiliated to universities which are involved in irregularities and are unable to restrict growth of unequipped colleges. We wish to continue with the AICTE affiliation which has been transparent involving quick and high-tech procedure.”
The management education was made out of AICTE purview after an apex court order in April 2013 in which the court has held that management education was not a ‘technical’ subject and hence AICTE has no role in regulating the management education.
EPSI members have sent notices to UGC and AICTE and also met HRD minster MM Pallam Raju last month. UGC didn’t pay heed and Raju is only technically handling the portfolio following his resignation drama over Telangana issue.
“HRD ministry could have avoided the situation by bringing in an ordinance or amending the AICTE Act,” said Chaturvedi.
Shresha Iyer, director of SP Jain institute said: “Autonomy is important which can be understood by the fact that out of top 25 B-schools in the country, 23 are autonomous.”
UGC chairman Ved Prakash and AICTE chairman SS Mantha didn’t respond to calls. Raju was also unavailable for comment.
The AICTE seems to be redundant after an apex court order of April 2013 and subsequent UGC circulars dated December 3 and a revised circular of December 23, 2013 which not only sweeps autonomy of PGDM centres but brought all technical and professional schools under UGC.
AICTE is expected to play only an advisory role and prescribe uniform standards of education for affiliated members of the universities. This has resulted in a deadlock in approval and re-approval process of all new technical colleges at AICTE.