AICTE to approach SC seeking clarification on MBA, PGDM ruling

AICTE to approach SC seeking clarification on MBA, PGDM ruling
Abhay Anand | Aug 27, 2019 - 4:28 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI, AUGUST 27: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is likely to approach the Supreme Court in September, seeking clarification over its July 24 order. On July 24, the apex court had ruled that MBA education is not part of technical education and any college or institute affiliated to a university can start an MBA programme without prior approval from the AICTE.

Careers360 has learnt that the AICTE has consulted the Solicitor General of India, following his advise, the AICTE is likely to approach the Supreme Court seeking clarification on its July 24 Order. There are more than 450 PGDM institutions in the country with more than 1.5 lakh students, which are going to get directly affected by this order as they are not affiliated to any university.

The AICTE will not be filing the review petition against the order, instead, it would go for seeking clarification. The review petition is likely to get rejected by the court. A person close to the development on condition of anonymity he said that we are hopeful that once we go for seeking clarification, we will get it done.

Earlier, Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe speaking to Careers360 has said that if the SC order is not in the interest of the general public, then either the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) or the AICTE will once again approach the Supreme Court by filing a review petition.

The AICTE will be approaching the court in the next month as the apex court is pressed with issues.

With various types of misinformation doing rounds related to SC order doing rounds on the social media, a delegation of PGDM institutions met the AICTE Chairman. The purpose of this delegation was appraising the AICTE about apprehensions and concerns of PGDM institutions arising due to a recent verdict of the Supreme Court which says that MBA education is not part of technical education.

The EPSI delegation was equivocal in submitting to Dr Sahasrabudhe that there is a lot of confusion in B-schools about implications of this verdict. They also said that some unscrupulous elements are using social media for spreading the canard that now management education will be out of the regulatory regime.
The Directors, deans and Chairman of PGDM institutions requested the AICTE to take suitable legal actions to clear this confusion and to get restored the fifty years old regulatory supervision and control of the AICTE on management education.

Dr H. Chaturvedi, Alt. President, EPSI said that the delegation reiterated the EPSI's stand in 2013-14 Supreme Court hearing that PGDM institutions in no case would like to be regulated other than the AICTE. He said, “We also stated that the future healthy growth of management education will not be possible without the current state of autonomy enjoyed by PGDM institutions. We also requested Dr Sahasrabudhe to expedite the notification about graded autonomy for PGDM institutions. An early announcement will cheer up efforts of these B-schools for further improvement in the quality.

As per the EPSI, Dr Sahasrabuddhe said that it will be announced soon.

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