With the continuous decrease in the powers of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) concerns are raised of the possible growth and increase of colleges running MBA programs without having the requisite infrastructure and teachers.
In a judgment passed a few months ago, the Supreme Court had stated that no polytechnic institution affiliated with a university was obligated to seek recognition from the AICTE to run MBA courses. This was also covered by CrackMyMBA in our earlier post here.
On the other hand, AICTE had been carrying out its check on the colleges, calling for the shutdown of 13 technical colleges in this academic year due to outdated curriculum and sub-standard infrastructure as stated in print media reports. However there are concerns that with the reduced powers of the regulatory body there is a strong possibility that colleges with inadequate qualifications and infrastructure may re-emerge with offers of MBA programs.
Various academicians and education industry insiders believe that as matters like course curriculum should be left to individual colleges as MBA courses should be taught based on local market conditions. However, various other regulatory checks must be under the scrutiny of a regulatory body to ensure highest quality in education. As clearly covered in media reports that the flailing powers of All India Council for Technical Education have had its effect on its state arm (AP), which has kept pending decisions on recognition of colleges and future of community colleges. An announcement of starting up 12 such community colleges is still pending which help students in non formal skill development to increase employment.
AICTE officials have communicated in their media reports that the decision is pending with the head office in Delhi and any action can only be taken once there is a clarity from the central team.
Source – Times of India