There is a huge boost for management aspirants in the state as the number of seats has increased by 50 per cent to about 33,000 for this academic year.
The reason behind the increase is that for the first time this year the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has approved evening batches for Management in Business Administration courses to meet the increasing demand from students.
Also, the AICTE has allowed new colleges to start their batch with 120 students instead of 60 students, which was the earlier norm.
“Colleges will have a second shift which will begin after 1 pm. This will open up more seats for students,” said an official from the Directorate of technical Education (DTE).
While across the state 65 new colleges have been approved and 16 colleges have been allowed a second shift, in Mumbai nine new colleges have been approved and and five have been given a second shift.
In Mumbai, Don Bosco College in Kurla, Anjuman Islam College in Fort, Yerela Management Institute in Navi Mumbai, Lala Lajpat College and Sterling College in Nerul have got approvals for evening batches.
But will this new rush of colleges find takers?
“Today a management degree has become a necessity in most organisations so there is a demand but there should be a check on quality of these colleges,” said Stephen D’Silva, director, JBIMS, one of the most coveted management schools in the state. Every year, college proposals are forwarded to the AICTE for approval. The approvals usually come in by June 30 so that colleges can begin admissions from the same academic year.