All India Council of Technical Education has said that institutions which offer PGDM and MBA courses are now allowed to give admission to students on the basis of marks obtained in their undergraduate qualification exams since most entrance tests had not been conducted because of Covid-19 pandemic.
The regulator of technical education also gave a clarification that relaxation is being provided only for the students of academic session 2020-21; therefore, this should not be treated as precedent for upcoming academic years.
Rajive Kumar, AICTE Member Secretary, said that all India tests such as XAT, CAT, ATMA, CMAT, GMAT, MAT and CETs of different states are needed for admission to MBA or the PGDM courses; however, due to fear of corona virus infections, many of these tests cannot be conducted nor there are indications if they are postponed or cancelled.
Kumar also added that since AICTE has more of a facilitator role rather than a regulator, a proposition in favor of both students and institutions has been given, i.e. for the year 2020-21 batches of students for MBA and PGDM, students will be given admissions on the basis of merit list in a very transparent manner. Although, first preference will be provided to students who have taken any entrance test and have qualified as long as they have secured minimum marks at their degree level exams.
The council has given directions to the institutions for selection of candidates on the basis of merit in the UG qualification exams if vacant seats are there. Rajive Kumar further added that the states can also use these relaxations during the allotment of seats by counseling; though it is to be noted that the relaxations taken by the MBA and PGDM institutions are only for academic session 2020-21, which will not be taken as a precedent for sessions of academics in future.
Schools and Universities have been closed, across the country since 16th March 2020, when the Centre decided a nationwide shutdown of classrooms as one of the measures to prevent the spread of corona virus infections.
Later, on 25th March 2020, a countrywide lockdown was imposed. Albeit, several of the restrictions are being relaxed, colleges and schools continue to remain closed until further notice is published.