CMAT is not only test to get management seats in government institutes across the country.
Recently, Supreme Court has ruled out that private colleges need not seek approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to conduct courses in Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Computer Application (MCA) courses at the postgraduate level.
AICTE Chairman S.S. Mantha said "It is up to the State government to take a call."
The AICTE's stance puts the onus on the State government to come to the rescue of management seat aspirants. With questions being raised over the validity of the CMAT, as a Supreme Court order puts management education out of the purview of the AICTE, students and college managements are in a tizzy.
Meanwhile, representatives from the Karnataka Private Post Graduate Colleges Association (KPPGCA), which has 169 member institutions, met Higher Education Minister R.V. Deshpande on Wednesday.
"If the PGCET is conducted, we are ready to give the usual 50% seats to the government," said association secretary M. Prakash.
"In January month AICTE issued a notice that all AICTE affiliated colleges should consider the CMAT for management course admissions. But, today same AICTE saying State government can conduct their PGCET test for Management courses," said by Akaash, one of the MBA aspirant from Bangalore.
"It leads us to confusion over to pursue MBA and setting problem with all the students," he added.
However, sources in the higher education department insist that the likelihood of a PGCET being held for MBA is bleak, though a test will be held for MCA and M.Tech admissions. "The general trend is that 70 per cent applicants in PGCET are for MBA, 30 per cent for MCA. But the government will also consider the fact that those students who wrote the CMAT would be at disadvantage if they had to write PGCET again."
Predictably, the students and college managements are the worst affected. Students like Lakshmi V. have written the CMAT, and Management Aptitude Test (MAT), and is also going to write the Karnataka Management Aptitude Test (KMAT). "I wrote CMAT additional test in the middle of my university exams; plus there was negative marking in CMAT. I am not sure what scores I'll get, so I'm writing most entrance exams," she said.