Elaborating on the reasons for filing the petition, Dr GPC Nayar, president of FAMUPEII, who had filed the petition in the Delhi High Court, says, “When the AICTE made CMAT an exclusive test for admission to the MBA programme across the country, we were afraid that the business schools in India would not get full enrollment.” As expected, around 2.5 lakh seats remain vacant in 2013-14 for want of CMAT-qualified students. “Only 2.3 lakh students enrolled for CMAT last year, of which 1.8 lakh were eligible for admission. It is this situation that prompted us to take up the matter with the AICTE chairman. We requested him to convert CMAT as one of the national entrance tests instead of making it an exclusive test. He however, refused our request.Initially, FAMPEI took up the matter of PGDM programme and received a favourable order from the Supreme Court saying that PGDM institutions could take students from any of the national entrance tests. “Despite this judgment, the AICTE chairman refused to extend that benefit to MBA institutions. This is why we approached the Delhi High Court to ensure that MBA institutions also have the freedom to admit students from any of the national entrance tests, including CMAT,” adds Nayar.
Impact on b-schools
According to Bibek Banerjee, director, IMT, Ghaziabad, CMAT, “The Delhi High Court’s move has been welcomed by most B-schools and should also be respected by students. In any case the CMAT was not resolving any of the pending issues pertaining to transparency and rigour in the admission system. CMAT may have substituted the tests of certain institutions that were conducting their own. For these institutions, there may be a small degree of impact.”
Ashok Panjwani, dean, graduate programmes at Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, says, “A few more institutes will sign up for the CAT now. ”
Students believe that the impact of the ruling can make things a little tough for them. “CMAT is easier and getting an interview call through CMAT was not as difficult as CAT. The state examinations such as Maharashtra CET might again come into the picture,” says Ashim Gupta, a student of Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management.
CMAT and more
The petition had been filed against an AICTE circular dated December 28, 2010. In the circular, the regulatory body had instructed that MBA exams such as the XAT and ATMA be scrapped. Further, it had also said that state governments must take control of the fee structure and curricula of all AICTE-approved PGDM institutes It was the second court ruling this year that took away the AICTE’s authority to conduct CMAT