Supreme Court extends stay on AICTE notification

 | July 16,2012 11:11 am IST

Supreme Court of India has extended stay order on AICTE notification and has allowed PGDM institutes to continue to use any of the five national tests, CAT, XAT, MAT, ATMA and CMAT for admissions to their batch of 2013-14.


SC bench comprising Justice R M Lodha and Justice Anil R Dave further extended the stay on AICTEs notification released on December 28, 2010 withdrawing autonomy of PGDM institutes in deciding admission, fees, syllabus, examination etc.


K K Venugopal and other lawyers representing the Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI), the Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) and Jaipuria Group of Institutions, contended that b-Schools are conducting admissions to PGDM programmes by using scores of five national tests for more than 40 years. He further argued that AICTEs December 2010 notification is against healthy growth of management education in the country.


After suggestion from AICTEs counsel, the SC granted one month time to b-schools that come under AICTE umbrella to inform the body and their respective state governments about the admission process and the fee for the last two years.


In February, 2011, EPSI, AIMS and Jaipuria Group of Institutions filed a petition in the Supreme Court against AICTEs Notification dated December 28, 2010. The AICTE stated in its notification of doing away with major MBA entrance exams, such as the CAT, XAT, ATMA or MAT, but determined that only CAT, MAT or any state level exams can be used for B-School admissions.


In its interim orders issued on March 17, 2011 and July 26, 2011, the Supreme Court granted stay against AICTE notification. In March, 2012, Supreme Court gave a judgment that came as a relief to b-schools around the country. The Apex Court stated in its judgment that AICTEs CMAT will merely be the fifth MBA entrance test in India and not the sole and mandatory test that AICTE was projecting it to be.