The Delhi High Court cancels the common management admission test, or CMAT, supposed to be conducted by the AICTE for admissions to approximately 3,500 business schools across the country.
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday cancelled the common management admission test, or CMAT in a landmark ruling. The CMAT was supposed to be conducted by the AICTE for admissions to approximately 3,500 business schools across the country.
Delhi High Court cancels Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)
The division bench comprising of Chief Justice N.V. Ramana stated that the AICTE did not have the authority to conduct or regulate MBA courses. The verdict clearly stated that the council’s notification was canceled because MBA courses don’t fall under “technical education” as specified in the AICTE act.
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This happens to be the second time in this year when AICTE’s authority to act as an education regulator has been questioned by the court. Earlier in April this year, the Supreme Court ruled that the AICTE lacked the required authority to control or regulate professional colleges that were affiliated to universities. The judgment ensured that a technical college with university affiliation did not necessarily have to seek AICTE approval. The judgment by the apex court resulted in a significant proportion of business and engineering schools coming out of the council’s ambit.
Expressing his ignorance about this new high court ruling, AICTE Chairman S.S. Mantha said: ““I don’t have any information on this so far. With (April) Supreme Court order, this sort of things will happen now,” the LiveMint reports.
“Unless the apex court order is reversed (via an ordinance), the value of AICTE will be questioned. But it is important to note that in last few years, we have brought huge transparency in the technical education space.” Mantha added.
The C-MAT was originally introduced a couple of years back as an integral part of a rather ambitious government mandated scheme to conduct a common admission test for all business schools across the country, save the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs).