Indore: Popularity of Master of Business Administration (MBA) course seems to be on wane, at least in Madhya Pradesh, as first round of the centralised online admission for this one of the most sought-after courses received lukewarm response from aspirants.
To one’s wonder, only 1,881 candidates, who had taken common management admission test (CMAT), applied for admission in the course against more than 20,000 vacant seats in MBA colleges across the state.

The abysmal figure came to fore after directorate of technical education (DTE) on Saturday released common merit list of CMAT candidates registered online for admission in MBA courses.

In Indore district alone, more than 6,800 seats are still lying vacant in MBA (core) programme, indicating occupancy of hardly one third of the total seats in colleges in Indore district.

“It appears that only reputed colleges would be able to achieve 100 per cent admission this year,” said management expert Dr Anas Iqbal.

Colleges like Institute of Management Studies (IMS), Prestige Institute of Management and Research (PIMR), IPS Academy and IIPS among few others are likely to have handsome admissions despite the poor registration scenario, while rest of the colleges would have to bank highly on the second round of admission process under which non-CMAT candidates would also be granted admission in MBA courses.

Currently, registration of non-CMAT candidates is underway and it will continue till July 19. Common merit list of non-CMAT candidates would be released on July 20, following which they would be granted admission in MBA colleges on the basis of their performance in qualifying exams.

Allotment letter on July 11, docu verification by July 14

CMAT candidates figuring in the common merit list would be issued allotment letter on July 11. The candidates need to get their documents verified by July 14 and subsequently, report to the college they have been allotted admission in. “Nearly 70 help centres across the state have been set up by DTE for document verification,” said admission officer of PIMR, Vipin Choudhary. Students who won’t get college of their choice would have to upgrade their choices between July 11 and 14. Allotment letter to such students would be issued on July 15 and they would have to report to their respective colleges after document verification by July 18.

Indore division loses 900 BEd seats

In a setback to BEd aspirants, as many as nine colleges of Indore division offering education course could not participate in the online admission process this year as they failed to obtain affiliation from DAVV. Intake capacity of each of these colleges is 100, which means BEd aspirants in total have lost 900 seats in Indore division. DAVV deputy registrar (academic) Ajay Verma said that nine out of about 60 BEd colleges under the university could not avail affiliation as they have not appointed teachers as per code-28 norms. “If they would meet the norm shortly, we will recommend names for second round of admission counselling,” he added.

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