Private MBA colleges worried over vacant seats

Private MBA colleges worried over vacant seats

Even as the government’s Postgraduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET) for admissions to MBA course under government quota saw a good turnout, colleges across the State are anxious about being unable to fill up the management quota seats.

There are around 24,000 MBA seats in the State, of which the government’s share is 50 per cent. As many as 10,096 MBA aspirants appeared for the PGCET, which practically leaves as many as 14,000 MBA seats vacant.

“Even of these 10,096 aspirants, only as many as 7,000 to 8,000 might turn up for the actual admissions,” said Prof Basavaraja Ramanlal, Treasurer, Karnataka Private Postgraduate Colleges’ Association (KPPGCA). He was speaking at the meeting of the association on Wednesday.

KMAT next month

For this reason, the KPPGCA, a consortium of colleges across the State offering the course, will conduct the Karnataka Management Aptitude Test (KMAT) in the next month hoping to fill the seats.

Besides the KMAT and PGCET, the colleges will also accept scores of three other national-level MBA entrance tests. These are: Common Admission Test (CAT), Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) and Management Aptitude Test (MAT).

“A government order mentions all these five entrance tests for filing up the seats,” said M Prakash, Secretary, KPPGCA.

Revised schedule

The KMAT for admissions to management quota of MBA and MCA seats at colleges in the State will be conducted on August 3 and not on July 27 as scheduled earlier.
“We have already received as many as 5,000 physical applications and 9,000 online applications. With the government’s PGCET now completed, we will conduct a number of publicity drives to popularise the test,” said Prakash.

Wide publicity

The last date for receiving application forms is July 27 instead of the earlier date of July 10. The association will also make efforts to publicise the test outside the State.

“A majority of the candidates who want an MBA or MCA seat from the State apply through the PGCET. So we are focusing more on outstation students. In fact, a majority of the applications we have received so far have been from outside the State,” he said.

Association members are also not dismissing the possibility of conducting spot registrations for the entrance test depending on the situation.

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