To fill the increasingly vacant seats in Maharashtra state management colleges, the Association of Management of MBA/MMS Institutes (AMMI) has decided to hold its own Common Entrance Test (CET) in August for admission to more than 300 B-schools in the state.
The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has agreed to provide admission to students via the CET for seats that will remain vacant after the last Common Admission Process (CAP) round.
Registration for the CAP round is currently underway and will continue into June.
Last year, more than 50,000 MBA seats remained vacant after the final admission round. The state also had given permission to convert all minority seats lying vacant into open category seats.
According to the president of the association, EB Khedkar, those who missed out on giving the MAH CET, could appear for this entrance test on August 2.
“We have received all the necessary permissions to conduct the test from the state government as well as the Bombay high court,” he said.
Last month, state education minister Vinod Tawde had announced that private institutes will not be able to conduct the Common Entrance Test (CET) at the individual level from this academic year. However, the association stated that the entrance test is for 300 approved institutions and not for a single private MBA college.
While the association says that the test is for those who missed the MAH CET, there is no clarity on whether students who have appeared for the state level test can appear for the CET again.
Some students, however, want to appear for this test. “Owing to the problems in the MAH CET, I did not score well. I hope we can appear for the new CET,” said Sujit Agarwal, MBA aspirant.