MBA students in a fix as panel issues new admission ‘ratio’ order

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Thiruvananthapuram: The directive of the Fee Regulatory/ Admission Supervisory Committee headed by Justice R. Rajendra Babu on MBA admission is being dragged to court. 

The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had done away with the mandatory entrance test for MBA admissions in the wake of COVID. The AICTE said on August 19 that degree marks could be the basis of the admissions. The admission supervisory committee in Kerala had but directed on September 15 that such students should not exceed 20% of the total seats. 

It said the students who had taken the entrance should be given priority and the rest could be admitted on the basis of marks, especially because the Kerala Management Aptitude Test (K-MAT) was held twice. 

As the committee’s order came late, the MBA institutes in the state went ahead and admitted students on the basis of the AICTE guideline. In most places, this is above 20% and violates the committee’s order.

The college managements’ association said 3,500 of the 8,000 MBA seats in the state were lying vacant last year. They said this should be filled at least this year. 

The committee’s contention was that the managements could approach the court on the matter.  

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