AICTE bars universities from offering PGDM and MBA courses simultaneously, here's why

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New Delhi, Updated on Feb 25, 2020 12:50 IST

All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) does not allow offering MBA and PGDM simultaneously. However, there is a list of 164 academic institutions that do not follow the instruction laid down by the statutory body.

All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) does not allow offering MBA and PGDM simultaneously. However, there is a list of 164 academic institutions that do not follow the instruction laid down by the statutory body. AICTE has instructed these colleges to stick to a single programme by converting the PGDM course into corresponding MBA or vice versa.

As per the rules, institutes that are affiliated to a university can offer MBA degrees solely. However, the standalone institutions that have the autonomy to formulate their curriculum and are not affiliated to any university are permitted by AICTE to offer only PGDM programmes. Out of the total 461 standalone institutions running in India, 164 institutions are offering both the courses concurrently (34 in Maharashtra, 14 in Karnataka, and 54 are in Uttar Pradesh). AICTE has open an online window where these institutions are asked to apply for conversion of programmes. The last date to apply is February 29, 2020.

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Talking about the reason behind barring the institutes from offering the courses concurrently, AICTE, member secretary Rajive Kumar explained these institutions are offering MBA degrees with the boundaries of the universities they are affiliated with. However, the PGDM course they are offering is approved by AICTE but is not affiliated to the university. After offering both the courses simultaneously at an exorbitant fee, these institutions are offering MBA degrees at the end of the course. He further added that as the students are not aware that the state government decides the MBA fee, they are falling prey to such tricks. As there is no clarification about the authentic fee structure that institutes offering MBA programmes follow, it is creating a lot of confusion among various stakeholders such as AICTE officials, professors, and students.

Rajive Kumar further explained that the courses and the universities are recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the University Grants Commission (UGC). In order to offer MBA programmes, colleges and institutes must follow the rules of the varsity they are affiliated to. In case the colleges wish to make decisions regarding course curriculum and fee without any restriction form the state government, then they must declare themselves as a standalone institution and offer only PGDM courses as per the AICTE norms. AICTE will not allow offering both the programmes together.

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