Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2014, has been cancelled by the Delhi High Court. This announcement was made by the Delhi Court citing the reason that Management education doesn’t fall under ‘Technical Education’ as per AICTE Act. Hence, a division bench of Delhi High Court headed by Chief Justice N.V.Ramana has cancelled the notification by AICTE for CMAT 2014.
Earlier, the Federation of Association of Management of Unaided Professional Educational Institutions of India filed the petition questioning the powers of AICTE to conduct the entrance test, that is accepted by over 3500 Business Schools of the country. Chief Justive N.V.Ramana has said in the decision that AICTE does not have the authority to regulate MBA Courses. This decision has certainly undermined the authority of AICTE as an education regulator in India.
Just to remind our readers, the Supreme Court of India earlier this year in April passed the ruling that professional colleges affiliated to universities cannot be regulated or controlled by AICTE, eradicating the need of AICTE approval for an engineering college which is affiliated to a university.
We clearly see AICTE, earlier the most powerful regulatory body controlling engineering colleges and management colleges, losing the stature it used to enjoy. And now, unless the decision passed by the Apex Court is reversed through an ordinance, relevance of AICTE will be certainly questioned.
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