Business schools in India can no longer offer PGDM and MBA programs in one building under the recently released 2020-21 Approval Handbook of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
The new rules regarding MBA / PGDM will apply from the next academic year (2020-21). In India, there are many business schools that run an MBA program from a subsidiary university and a PGDM program from AICTE.
AICTE said the new rule, which requires separate infrastructure and resources for MBA and PGDM, is a response to criticism from local investigative committees (LICs) that inspect business schools when colleges apply for AICTE affiliation.
Students complained that they were concerned and even deceived in many cases and unable to decipher details of business schools about faculty, fees and infrastructure. Many business schools in India continue to use the same faculty and share the entire infrastructure for PGDM and MBA courses, which is technically incorrect.
“While MBA colleges are affiliated with a specific university, business schools that conduct PGDM courses do not need affiliations other than AICTE approval. We have often seen business schools deceive business schools and teachers who may be enrolled in an MBA school but are projected as PGDM courses, ”said Anil Sahasrabude, AICTE Chair.
In some cases, many business schools in India that run PGDM and MBA courses have also offered equal pay for both courses to the relevant bodies that regulate state fees.
However, there is concern among business schools that the changes could force many to discontinue PGDM courses and generate revenue for AICTE.