B-School Admissions 2012-14: One lakh seats might go vacant

 | April 30,2012 03:03 pm IST

The fate of management colleges look jeopardized given a large number of seats to go vacant this year. According to a report published recently by Business Standard, over 1,00,000 management seats might go vacant this year.


Industry players expect one-third or over 1,00,000 management seats to go vacant this year, however All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) says the numbers may not be as high.

There are apprehensions that nearly 1,00,00 seats will go vacant this year. In tier-2 and tier-3 B-schools, the vacancy is nearly 50 per cent. In Uttar Pradesh alone, for 24,000 seats, only 12,000 students have appeared for the entrance examination. The situation is quite grim, H Chaturvedi, director, Birla Institute of Management and Technology, Noida, told Business Standard.


S S Mantha, chairman, AICTE, told BS, If you look at the trend of vacant seats in the last two-three years, there is a marginal difference. Two years ago it was 15 per cent and last year it was around 17 per cent. This year, we think, it will be around 18 per cent. There is a general recession this year. We see a definite change next year.


Earlier this year, we saw number of news reports coming in about 65 b-schools planning to shut operations. Times of India had then reported, These institutes no longer see business sense in offering an MBA course.


Not just the management colleges but engineering colleges too are unable to fill their seats. In the academic year 2010-11, in Maharashtra alone, the number of vacant seats in engineering and management was 30,000 and 20,000, respectively. Following this Maharahstra state government wrote to AICTE appealing not to give approval for setting new colleges offering these courses. Last year, Maharashtra had 32,000 vacant seats in engineering and 16,000 vacant seats in management.


This year AICTE has approved 17 new institutes in the state11 engineering and four management institutes. This will add to 30,000 more engineering seats and 3,000 more management seats. AICTE has also given a nod to increase number of seats to the existing institutes.


Mantha suggested, It will be a good idea for the not-so-good B-schools to collaborate with renowned B-schools in the country or with international B-schools.


Experts are also arguing that B-schools need to collaborate with industries not only to have industry participation for guest and special lectures but also for internship and placement of management students.


The country has nearly 4,000 B-schools with 3,50,000 seats.