Apex court says AICTE prior approval not mandatory for starting MBA & MCA courses


Colleges offering University MBA or MCA courses need not seek approval from AICTE, apex court has said in a recent verdict. The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by several private management colleges against the AICTE. The bench comprising of BS Chauhan and V Gopala Gowda stated that MBA is not a technical course and thus AICTE cannot be authorized to set standards about it’s quality.

Henceforth colleges offering University MBA & MCA courses are not required to seek prior approval from AICTE. The Universities themselves have no obligation to seek AICTE approval for it’s courses, why the affiliated colleges should seek AICTE approval the private management colleges argued. They alleged that AICTE is wrongly interpreting it’s powers, the colleges had challenged an order passed by the Madras High Court.

One should also note from this year AICTE has made CMAT a compulsory for all MBA colleges affiliated by AICTE. The apex court verdict comes as a sigh of relief as non AICTE approved colleges have more flexibility. These colleges need not wait to take only CMAT score.

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