It’s time for PGDM institutions to celebrate freedom

  • Gauri Kohli, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Dec 16, 2015 17:33 IST
The SC has extended the stay on AICTE notification of 2010 proposing to withdraw the powers of PGDM institutions related to admissions, curriculum framing, evaluation, fee fixing and governance. (Agencies/File photo)

Winter brought some cheer to the faculty and students of over 350 institutions offering post graduate diploma in management (PGDM) in the country after the Supreme Court (SC) gave the institutes the go-ahead for the 2016-17 admissions.

The SC had, on December 4, 2015, extended the stay on an All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) notification of 2010, proposing to withdraw the powers of PGDM institutions related to admissions, curriculum framing, evaluation, fee fixing and governance. This means institutes such as XLRI Jamshedpur and International Management Institute, New Delhi, can now take in students in the next academic session without any hurdles.

Commenting on the extension Fr E Abraham, director of XLRI, Jamshedpur, said he was “extremely glad that the Supreme Court has granted interim relief, as on earlier occasions, for the 2016-17 academic session. If the IIMs can get an autonomous status, why can’t we? In most reputable rankings across the country, we are even ahead of most IIMs and have the status of a centre of excellence. Getting approval from a regulator annually is a cumbersome process.”

Manaswini Acharya, dean (placements and corporate relations), International Management Institute, New Delhi, agrees. “The extension of stay granted by the court is a welcome step in the direction of protection of the autonomy of PGDM institutions. It will pave the way for AICTE to renew approval for the academic year 2016-2017; which in turn will facilitate smooth conduct of competitive admission process at these institutes,” she says.

HT Education had earlier reported on the hurdles B-schools were likely to face after the AICTE notification. The court had already extended its interim order of staying the notification multiple times, the first one in 2011. There was also no clarity on the body regulating the institutes after an April 2013 ruling by the apex court stated that the management education was no longer under AICTE’s domain.

The SC in its decision extended its earlier interim order restoring the status quo and staying the AICTE notification of (2010) for the academic year 2016-17.

Professor Harivansh Chaturvedi, alternate president, Education Promotion Society of India, and director, Birla Institute of Management and Technology, Greater Noida, welcomed the SC order. “We have suggested to the MHRD to call a roundtable meeting of deans and directors of leading B-schools to discuss how the MK Kaw Committee Report and its recommendations can be implemented expeditiously. Indian B-schools have to compete globally and need to be supported by the MHRD by granting them maximum autonomy,” he said.

Read more: Why PGDM schools bat for autonomy

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