AICTE does it again, bans part-time, evening MBA programmes

 | March 11,2011 06:59 pm IST

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to wind up part-time management courses in b-schools across the country.


The government’s advisory body on technical education has decided to drop curtains for part-time management courses in management institutes approved by it.

AICTE recently declared that it will not permit any technical education programme to be run as either evening or part-time programme in any technical institution.


According to AICTE, it will not approve new part-time MBA programmes or allow fresh admissions in existing ones from the next academic year. B-schools have to apply fresh every year to AICTE for renewing their part-time programmes.


The move by AICTE could affect around 400 colleges and 20,000 students. However, AICTE did not verify the figures.


There are around 2,500 AICTE-approved management schools.

A couple of management institutes in Mumbai are planning to file a public interest litigation in the Mumbai High Court.


"AICTE may have done this to penalize institutes who are playing foul, but this will surely affect the honest ones too and the students who cannot afford the heavy fee structures of a regular MBA,” says an aspirant.


The fresh move by AICTE has annoyed b-schools offering distance education. They said that this would make higher education unaffordable and prevent growth and development of many working professionals.


Part-time management programmes allow working professionals to add knowledge and further improve career prospects for them.


"It is really strange and unfortunate for those who might have planned to do a distance MBA to improve their career path,” says Ravi Bansal, who have benefited from doing part time MBA.


Part-time MBA programmes are way cheaper than full time MBA programmes.


B-schools have decided to seek judicial help. AICTE is already facing cases in the high courts of Delhi, Mumbai and Orissa, over guidelines on fees, admissions and course curriculum of B-schools, which were released during December, 2010.


Last month, the Bombay High Court offered an interim relief  to a group of 52 B-schools and allowed them to go ahead with admissions. The plea was filed by the Maharashtra based Consortium of Management Institutes (COME) and ITM Group of Institution.