Court pulls up VTU over MBA courses
The high court on Thursday asked the Visveswaraya Technological University (VTU) to hold proper checks on colleges before giving them affiliation to run MBA courses.
The court, in a hearing on Wednesday, asked the university whether it was following the standards of the Indian Institute of Business Management while granting affiliation or recognition to colleges offering MBA courses.
When the case came up for hearing on Thursday, VTU submitted that it was the duty of the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to follow these standards and not theirs.
Justice Ram Mohan Reddy said: “You are passing the buck to AICTE. Instead of giving this sort of explanation, you should go and inspect the colleges. You should find out whether they have the necessary infrastructure and what condition they are in. You should give the local inspection report and not a one-page document to the court that it is the duty of the AICTE.”
The court’s observations came following a petition filed by a MBA student, Gowda DT, over VTU’s refusal to accord approval to him. He obtained BBM degree with second class from the Bangalore University in 2011. He then applied for MBA, PGCET. He took up the Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET) examination and was ranked 5,836th.
Gowda contended that on the basis of ranking, he was eligible to get an MBA seat under 3(a) category. Since he did not get seat to the MBA course in a college of his choice, he got admitted to Vivekananda Institute of Technology at Kengeri in Hobli.
VTU refused to accord approval to him on the ground that he had not secured 50% aggregate marks in BBM degree. According to the Bangalore University, the general subject has to be excluded while calculating the aggregate percentage and the same is clearly mentioned in each of the marks cards issued by the university. Therefore, the VTU ought to have calculated aggregate percentage of marks by excluding the general subject, he argued.