The senate members of University of Pune (UoP) have demanded that the university must have its own MBA entrance examination. They stood by the Supreme Court's judgment that the AICTE- All India Council for Technical Education has no authority to regulate the management education.
Parag Kalkar, a member who spoke to the media on Wednesday said, "We had initiated a resolution to this effect at the senate meeting of October 26, but it could not come up for discussion in view of other pressing matters. However, we think that the university can conduct an entrance exam of its own for management courses, as management education now falls directly under the University Grants Commission as per the apex court ruling pronounced in April."
An official from the university said, "The feasibility of conducting such an entrance exam needs to be examined properly, because the state government has announced its decision to re-introduce its own entrance exam for management studies- the MAH-MBA/ MMS-CET from the academic year 2014-15."
"The state directorate of technical education, which was conducting this exam before the government decided to join the AICTE-conducted CMAT scheme last year, will continue to be the competent authority for the state's management entrance test", he added.
The Maharashtra government had discontinued its entrance test in favour of CMAT, which is an all-india entrance exam for management courses. The change came into force last year and in 2013-14, which almost 50% seats remaining vacant due to poor response towards CMAT, from MBA aspirants in the state.
As a result, the government had to reintroduce its state entrance exam, which will be in effect from the year 2014-15 onwards.
Parag Kalkar said, "In the absence of a regular status, teachers from management institutes can get elected to the senate, but have no access to key statutory bodies like the management council. Also, they do not have voting rights in the academic council, which are crucial in electing members of the board of studies. There are 49 engineering colleges under the UoP which are allowed to offer management courses, and because engineering faculty has a regular status, the teachers from these institutes get access to all statutory bodies."
"There are over 160 management institutes affiliated to the UoP, but they are treated as recognised institutes and not affiliated colleges. This is despite the fact that the University Grants Commission issued a notification last year stating that affiliated colleges and recognised institutes should be treated the same", he added.