The Orissa High Court has stayed the controversial December 12 notification of the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) whereby the B-schools were to operate as per the respective state government operated processes. The statutory body had laid down that the fee structure of all B-schools would also be decided by the state governments.
The case is listed for hearing on March 23, 2011 now and admissions to PGDM, PGDM (Executive), PGDM (Certificate) for 2011 – 2012 shall be subject to the disposal of writ petition.
Welcoming the move Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Groups of Colleges, Chandigarh, said this has come as a sigh of relief to all the B-schools which were feeling disheartened by the AICTE’s directions. Since the B-schools have set up state of the art infrastructures in their respective institutes such bindings to bring them under the ambit of state government’s was a negative step.
The B-schools had also resented the decision of the AICTE to do away with MBA entrance exams like XAT, ATMA, MICAT and had instead stated that only CAT, MAT or state government conducted tests would serve as the entry points to B-schools. Dr Kataria said this was another oppressive step as bringing the B-schools as the state governments would fail to match equivalent standards. The court’s stay had raised a ray of hope for the B-schools.
Dr Kataria also demanded the AICTE to reconsider the recently effected hike of 200 to 500 per cent in the processing fee of various professional courses for the new institutes and said the hike had put a stop on the growth of new educational institutes.