SP Jain increases batch size by 60 seats, yet to take decision on accepting CMAT

 | April 22,2012 03:36 pm IST

AICTE has granted an approval of 60 more seats to SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR) which will now have 240 seats from the Academic Year 2012-14.


SPJIMR also received additional approval of 36 PIO seats but admissions to these addition PIO seats shall begin next year as admissions for this year closed in November 2011.


CoolAvenues spoke to Prof Parimal Merchant, who head SPJIMRs admission cell, about the increase in intake, infrastructural changes and about accommodating CMAT in the admission process.


1.How many seats are added to the current number of seats?
60 seats are added to current 18- seats. We are very happy to see the speed with which AICTE has sanctioned the increase this year. This will help a large number of aspirants who were waiting for their wait list to move to get confirmed offer letters. We are fully geared up to welcome a batch of 240 from this academic year.


2.Do you think that adding these many seats shall be enough to meet the number of deserving candidates who look forward to have admission in SPJIMR?
Over 16,000 candidates apply to SPJIMR and now we have 240 seats. However the infrastructure and teaching resources at the institute are geared for the size of 240. Only when we are geared up to handle more candidates we will seek approval from AICTE for further increase.


3.SPJIMR has been constantly having trouble with AICTE. Some years back, institute was offering a collaborative masters program in association with Virginia Tech in IT. AICTE withdrew its approval even for the normal 2 years program and SPJIMR could get back the approval only after closing down the Masters program. Your comments.
AICTE has its own perspective. In the subject incidence at SPJIMR we had launched the program in good faith and in the interest of the students of our country. The AICTE team had also done the inspection. However something went wrong somewhere.


4.Do you think b-schools should do away with AICTEs intervention?
Many B Schools in the country have reached a stature and quality levels that meet the global standards. AICTE regulation of them along with run of the mill institutes treating everyone with the same stick may be counter productive.


5.How have you planned to manage constraints of faculty to student ratio given the increase in batch size?
In fact only when we have the adequate faculty ratio that we have sought increase in the size. Thus we are fully geared for handling the additional in take.


6.Any infrastructural expansion in pipeline?
We have adequate classrooms and hostels. We have new construction project going on to meet future requirements.


7.What are your plans to accommodate CMAT for admissions?
We are yet to take a decision on the matter.


8.What was the CAT cut-off for SPJIMR this year?
The minimum CAT cut-off announced was 85 percentile. As we have a comprehensive short listing process, CAT cut-off is not the only criteria. However majority of the candidates shortlisted have average CAT score of 95 percentile.


9.Your advice to students who look forward to do MBA from SPJIMR?
Do not go for MBA just for the sake of it or only as a passport to better job. Strive for excellence and gain depth. What matters at SPJIMR is well rounded personality and not only CAT scores.