PGDM colleges deplore AICTE cap on fee

HYDERABAD: Colleges offering PG Diploma in Management (PGDM) courses have decided to approach the Supreme Court against the AICTE move to put a cap on the fee. According to the new AICTE rules introduced earlier this month, colleges which run autonomous PGDM courses will now have to slash their course fee from a whopping Rs 1 lakh to Rs 30,000 per annum.

The AICTE had also decided to cancel the autonomy of these colleges preventing them from deciding their own curriculum and fee structure. The colleges will have to get affiliated to state universities, which will monitor all administrative and academic matters of the colleges.

The managements stated that the fee reduction by 70 per cent would be a squeeze on their resources and running the colleges would become difficult. “The colleges have been offering good quality education. The students are even provided with laptops and are exposed to the syllabus which is not inferior to that of IIMs. The AICTE’s decision to cancel their autonomy will upset the educational system being followed by these colleges,” said T Srinivas Acharya, principal, Vishwa Vishwani Institute of Systems and Management. There are 30 such institutions in the state.

College managements said that they would be left with no option but to shut down if the fee cap was implemented by the government.

“We will not be able to provide all the good facilities being now provided to the students if the fee structure is controlled. From internship to full-fledged laboratories, the colleges have been providing students with the best facilities,” said a college representative.

The colleges said that they had brought the issue to the notice of the ministry of human resources development (MHRD) and were awaiting a response. “HRD minister Kapil Sibal has promised to find a solution to the problem. We will, however, approach court if the matter is not settled by the government,” said a representative.

Source : TOI

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