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

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Gauri Kohli Jee­van Prakash Sharma

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.


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