Indore: When all requests made by MBA students of International Institute of Professional Studies (IIPS) for extending date of external exams clashing with entrance test IIM Indore’s IPM course fell on deaf ear, they having their fingers crossed looked at Vice Chancellor Prof DP Singh. He did not disappoint them.

Singh directed IIPS director AK Sapre to take decision in the interest of students and report back to him. The IIPS authorities had fixed external exam date of 5-year integrated programme on May 15, the same day entrance test for Integrated Programme in Management offered by IIM Indore is due.

Some candidates of the IIPS, who had applied for the entrance test, informed their institute authorities that the external exams dates are clashing with the IPM’s entrance test dates and requested to extend the institute’s exams. But their request was declined. The institute officers told the students that they would not postpone the exams because of some entrance test of other institute.

This led to a tussle between the students and the institute authorities. “When the entire matter was reported to the vice chancellor he thought that it would be appropriate to extend the external exams as by doing this the students will be able to appear in both the entrance test and the external exams. He, however, let the IIPS director to make a final call recommending taking decision in interest of the students,” sources said.

The institute is unlikely to overlook the recommendation of the VC. That’s means that the IIPS students are set to get relief. It is to be noted that the IPM programme has achieved the distinction of being the most popular course in the country in last four years. It is more popular than flagship programmes like PGP of IIMs and BTech of IITs. For proof, about 7000 students appear in entrance test for 120 seats of IPM programme which in ratio if is put makes 1:58 (one seat: 58 students). While the ratio for CAT and IIT-JEE is below 1:10.

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