B-school directors pose for a group photo after meeting at Shir Jain Diwakar College on Friday. |
Indore (Madhya Pradesh)
When things got tough, colleges offering MBA programs got together and formed associations to fight what they called the ‘unfair policies’ of the state government and Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV).
The B-school directors met at Shri Jain Diwakar College where the MBA Private Colleges Association was formed on Friday.
Former vice chancellor Narendra Dhakad has been appointed president of the association while Girdhar Nagar, Awadesh Dave, Sunil Pandya, Abhay Pandey and Kavita Kasliwal have been appointed as officers.
“We have no other choice but to unite because the state government and the DAVV are tightening ties around B-schools, making it difficult for them to survive. We will fight for the survival of the MBA college in the city,” Dhakad said.
The association has been formed to counter their three concerns. First, the state government has not distributed scholarships to SC/ST and OBC students for the past two years. Since the scholarships have not been credited to the student’s bank account, they do not hand over the tuition fees as the college is facing a financial crisis.
Second, recently the government said it would provide scholarships only to quiet category students who have taken the general management entrance exam (CMAT). In addition, the government also stated that the quota of students who were accepted at the college level counseling stage would not be given scholarships.
Third, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya’s (DAVV) exorbitant affiliate fee, which according to B-schools, is five times higher than the RGPV fee. School-B is also at odds with DAVV for imposing a 25 percent penalty on them for registering late for affiliation.
“DAVV is seeking around Rs 13.5 lakh from b-schools to provide affiliates for 300 seats. Affiliate fee for the same number of seats in RGPV is only Rs 2.5 lakh,” said association spokesman Dave.
He said that the government is also making it difficult for b-schools to survive. “They have withheld scholarships for students who are members of SC/ST and OBC for no reason. In addition, among students who said that those who were admitted to CLC would not receive a scholarship, Dave added.
The association’s management said they would meet with Governor Mangubhal Patel if their problems were not resolved immediately.
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