To fill up vacant management seats in the state, the higher and technical education department has allowed colleges to admit students who have not taken the common entrance test (MBA-CET), the admission criteria for management courses.
A circular put up by the directorate of technical and higher educations on Thursday evening states that colleges could admit graduates from all streams based on their final year scores and admissions will be done at individual colleges.
Hindustan Times had first reported vacancies in management colleges on Thursday.
This is first year when so many seats are vacant even after four rounds of the common admission process (CAP) for the open category.
Almost 13,500 seats are vacant still, including both open category and management and reservation seats. Of the total 35,000 only 21,500 have been filled.
This year, 26,000 seats were allotted for the CAP rounds of which only 17,000 have been filled. The rest, 9,000, are management and reservation seats and 4,500 of these are vacant.
But the vacancies are mostly in new or lesser-known colleges. Reputed colleges such as JBIMS and Wellinkar’s Institute of Management are filled and have even begun classes.
“This will dilute the quality of MBAs coming out of institutes. Once the quality barrier of an entrance test is removed colleges can admit just about anyone,” said Stephen D’Silva, director, JBIMS, one of the country’s top B-schools.
This year the number of seats for management courses in the state went up by more than 10,000 seats from 21,615 to about 35,000 seats. The All India Council of Technical Education also allowed existing management colleges to have an evening shift so their batch sizes have increased from 120 to 240 students.
But students are not dazzled by numbers. “There can open several colleges but when it comes to employment, companies don’t accept MBAs from unknown institutes. So, it is a waste joining these institutes,” said Salil Mane, an aspirant.