Why are PGDM schools against the IIM Bill?
NO GO Many B-schools fear that they are likely to be questioned by recruiters and foreign varsities about the legal validity of the diplomas given by them
Concerned about losing the market value of their postg raduate diploma i n management (PGDM), more than 500 private and semi- private B-schools have now approached the Parliamentary Standing Committee with their suggestions and grievances. These institutions have been fighting for autonomy in the Supreme Court and have expressed reservations about the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bill.
The Bill, which has been passed by the Union Cabinet but not placed before Parliament, aims to grant complete autonomy to the 20 IIMs to award degrees instead of the PGDMs they have been offering so far.
The B- schools, under the Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI), have submitted a letter to the joint secretary, ministry of human resource development, earlier this month highlighting their concerns. There has been parity between the IIMs and other private and semi-private PGDM schools for the last 68 years. Once the IIM Bill is passed, the PGDM schools will lose the level-playing field, states the letter, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times.
It will also mean that the B-schools will face problems with recruiting companies and foreign universities with regard to the legal validity of the diploma conferred by them.
Institutes likely to be affected the most would be XLRI, Jamshedpur; SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai; Birla Institute of Te c h n o l o g y M a n a g e m e n t ( BIMTECH) Greater Noida; and Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.
The B-schools will also make a presentation before HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on their demand to set up a Council for Management Education and National Management University as statutory bodies.
Prof Harivansh Chaturvedi, executive president, Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI), and director BIMTECH, says that management education is still not getting attention from policymakers and most decisions are taken in bits and pieces. “One prime example of this is the IIM Bill, 2017. There is no doubt that the current draft of the IIM Bill, 2017, is much better than its original version. It does justice to most of the reservations of alumni, faculty and students of IIMs,” he says.
However, a Management Education Bill covering all segments and stakeholders in management education would have offered better solutions.
“Indian management education is an amalgam of half a dozen types of MBA programmes. Each kind of programme has a different set of problems. Keeping in mind the huge requirement for talented managers, we need a comprehensive Management Education Bill. We will face a very complex economy, society and government in future. According to the World Economic Forum, the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 is going to change future of all nations, including India. It requires us to produce our managers with new set of skills and competencies,” adds Prof Chaturvedi.
Management education in India needs a separate, independent identity and a great deal of attention from policy makers. For the last 50 years, management discipline i s treated as a technical subject similar to engineering, architecture, pharmacy etc. In the 25 years of being regulated by the All-India Council for Technical Education, management education and PGDM schools have not got proper attention and is perceived as “the junior partner of technology education,” he says.
P r i vat e B - s c h o o l s h ave submitted their suggestions to the HRD ministry about setting up of the Council for Management Education (CME) and the National Management University (NMU) that will help give management education and PGDM schools the rightful space they deserve.
CME has been proposed as an overarching statutory body for regulation and nurturing of management education. It will ensure autonomy to PGDM i nstitutions and will help improve quality of MBA and BBA programmes. So far, the AICTE has been dealing only with postgraduate education in management. It has very recently been giving a thought to the fellow programme in management.
“If we have separate councils for pharmacy, architecture, town planning, law and medical education, then why not have a separate council for management education which is governed by management edu- cators and industry leaders?” Prof Chaturvedi asks. An NMU should be set up to grant affiliation to all autonomous PGDM institutions to enable them to become degree granting institutions. Together, these two legal entities can provide a holistic leadership to the Indian management education, say experts.
According to Prof CP Shrimali, acting director, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, the IIMs have done a great job and the diploma has high acceptability as compared to an MBA degree. However, the degree-granting status through IIM Bill will “confuse students.” Many will think that the MBA degree granted by universities and those by IIMs are different. About 150 out of 519 MBBS students from various Indian medical colle ges who were thrown out by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for violating Supreme Court orders on counselling before admissions protested outside Union health minister J P Nadda’s residence last week.
In Delhi, the protesting students, some with parents, said they were getting desperate and would not know what to do if justice was denied to them. One of the parents said the students had stopped eating and drinking, many were depressed.
The Supreme Court had in an order on September 28, 2016, directed that all admissions had to be done after counselling by the state governments. The students were asked by MCI to leave as they had been admitted without counselling in 17 medical colleges in the country out of which 14 were in Uttar Pradesh.
Many of the students already in MBBS programmes for three months were shocked to get notices from MCI asking them to vacate their seats. Those protesting in Delhi said they were forced to go for direct admissions despite high scores in the tough medical college entrance test NEET ( National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) as the counselling process was “too slow” and they had not managed to get admission till October 6, 2016, a day before the last date of counselling. All of the 519 students took direct admission on October 7.
Shekhar Tripathy 26, studying in Hind Medical College near Lucknow, says his dreams are shattered. “We were attending classes for the last three months and all of a sudden MCI served us letters to cancel our admissions. All my relatives, family members and friends know that I am pursuing MBBS and I will become a doctor. Now what will I tell them? I have no options left,” he said, tears in his eyes.
Tripathy says his dream of becoming a doctor is well and truly over with the cancellation of his admission for the 2016 session. The health ministry’s directive to fix an upper age limit of 25 for NEET from 2017 does not allow him to write the exam again. “What do I do?” he asks. As of now, no one has any answers for him.
Guru Dutt , studying in FH Medical College, Agra, says, “It’s the state government’s fault if it could not conduct counselling efficiently. MCI should have taken a considerate view. We have scored more marks then those students who were admitted through counselling.”
Another student, Megha Gupta, says they will continue their protests.
“It was our bad luck that the minister (Nadda) was in Kullu (Himachla Pradesh) when we protested outside his house. But we will meet MPs and continue to protest till we get justice. We have already written a letter to the PM,” Gupta adds.
In what has also come as a big setback for the students is that the Supreme-Court appointed Oversight Committee has also approved MCI’s decision to cancel 519 admissions. “I don’t think there is any scope for these students now. The only option they have is to file a case in the Supreme Court,” a senior health ministry official says.