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AICTE conducts GPAT 2013 Entrance Examination

The Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test ( GPAT – 2013 ) Entrance Examination will not be conducted by The M.S.University of Baroda. GPAT – 2013 Examination will be directly conducted by All Indian Council for Technical Education ( AICTE ), New Delhi on its own. Inquiries in this regard may be directly to AICTE, New Delhi and not to the M.S. University of Baroda or Co – ordinator of GPAT 2012 Exam.

The M.S.University of Baroda will not entertain any such inquiry related to GPAT – 2013 from any quarters from now onwards.

The GPAT is an all India entrance examination conducted for admission to Master of Pharmacy ( M.Pharm ) programmes in Pharmaceutical Science to be conducted under the guidance of National Monitoring Committee, All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE ), New Delhi.

GPAT 2013 Pattern :

The GPAT examination will consist of a single paper of 3 hours duration containing 100 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of only multiple choice objective type questions. Each questions will have four choices for the answer. The candidates will have to mark the correct choice on an Optical Response Sheet ( ORS ) by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question. There will be negative marking for each wrong answer that is 1/3 ( one – third ) mark will be deducted.

GPAT 2013 Eligibility :

  • Candidates should have a B.Pharm degree or appearing for final year examination of B.Pharm are eligible for GPAT 2013.
  • Candidates who are in final year of B.Pharm / Completed B.Pharm degree after lateral entry into B.Pharm after D, Pharm are also eligible to appear for GPAT 2013.

As soon as the AICTE announces the GPAT 2013 notification, we will publish the details. Candidates are advised to visit the website regularly for further updates.

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CMAT Feb 2013 Results to be declared on 13 March

The All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE ), New Delhi had conducted the Common Management Admission Test ( CMAT ) 2013 February second Test from 21st February, 2013 to 25th February, 2013 for admission in to Management programmes.

Around 1.55 lakh students have registered for the CMAT Feb 2013 exam. CMAT February 2013 computer based test had conducted from 21st February, 2013 to 25th February, 2013.

AICTE Chairman SS Mantha said, “CMAT is a big success for AICTE. AICTE is proud to have conducted the 5 day test window of the CMAT without any glitch. It was a glitch free experience for candidates and not a single questions was found wrong during the entire test period,”

Speaking about conducting CMAT in May, which will be a kind of supplementary for the lat two CMAT exams. He said, “We will conduct the next test in May. The CMAT test will only accepts candidature of those who missed out one of the last two CMAT tests,”

But Dr. Mantha confirmed that this is an additional test for this year only not the third CMAT test. Though the final dates are nor yet announced, it may take place on 17th May, 2013 or 19th May, 2013. The registration for the CMAT will be in first or second week of March.

CMAT is the only test for admission in MBA Programmes in AICTE approved institutions and University Departments of all the states, and one of the five tests for PGDM programmes for 2013 – 14. The entrance exam is conducted for admission to 4,000 colleges that offers MBA and 500 colleges which offers postgraduate Diploma programmes in Management.

Candidates are advised to visit the website for further details regarding CMAT Feb 2013 results and CMAT May 2013 online registration.

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AICTE received 611 New Engineering Colleges Applications

The All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE ), New Delhi has got a total 611 applications for seeking approval for opening new undergraduate technical institutions across the country. Approval of these new colleges decision will be taken in the first week of March, said AICTE Chairman S S Mantha.

In the academic year 2012 – 13 most of the engineering colleges seats were left vacant across the country, but opening of the new technical institutions seems to be no end for applications for permission.

SS Mantha participated in a seminar organized by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University ( JNTU ), Kakinada on redesigning engineering curriculum in the context of outcome-based education on 24th February, 2013. He later told to the media that accreditation for new engineering colleges would be strictly on the basis of outcome – based education system henceforth and that alone would lead to quality improvement.

He further said, there should be improvement in quality of students, teachers, infrastructure and everything that implement on the engineering education system. There should be a industry interface with excellent placements.

Many of the engineering colleges not having basic infrastructure and faculty got closed down. “Let the best and fittest survive,” He added.

SS Mantha said there should be industry mapping and we can reap the demographic dividend only if we make our engineering graduates employable. Many studies have found that only 25% of our engineering graduate are employable and the rest are getting in other sections for low salaries. Therefore, there is a lot of underemployment,”

The fees for engineering courses was being deducted by state – level committees in different states and there is no national level fee committee functions right now.

“I feel we should create some new financial model to make engineering education system affordable to larger sections of the students in India. Perhaps, we should take a relook at the dual fee system, which was in vogue in the past, with the rider that it should be linked to the economic status of the student’s family,” Mantha said.

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Colleges hail AICTE Common Calendar for Engineering Counselling, Admission

Students aspiring to be engineers need no longer be apprehensive about having to deal with different deadlines with regard to publication of Plus-Two results, conduct of entrance test in States where these are held, counselling, and subsequently the commencement of academic session.

The normal practice is that states follow different patterns of admission to engineering colleges approved by the All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE ). While some like Tamil Nadu have done away with any kind of entrance test, there are some who still follow the State Common Entrance Test ( CET ). Students following CBSE Board or those from one particular State preferring to study in another State very often lost out because deadlines pertaining to admission process differed with each State. This led to students being admitted from first week of August to last week of September taking into consideration all the discrepancies.

These apart, new colleges that did not get approval on time were not able to list themselves for counselling on time, thereby losing out on admissions. All these anomalies will cease to exist from the academic year 2012 – 13 with the Supreme Court laying down cut – off dates for grant of approvals by AICTE, affiliation by parent university, conduct of entrance test, counselling and admission ( see box ).

The AICTE has issued this as a notification in dailies for “strict compliance and adherence by all concerned”. Though the dates are slightly ahead of the existing schedule for colleges in Tamil Nadu affiliated to Anna University, the heads of the institutions have welcomed the common calendar that streamlines all the processes that is “in the best interest of the students”.

Sources from the Regional Centre of Anna University in Coimbatore say that the common calendar is a “feasible one.” It will streamline all the processes, from colleges getting approvals to the commencement of the academic year. Last year there were complaints from certain new colleges about delay in getting approvals and hence not being able to participate in the first round of counselling.

V. Selladurai, Principal of Coimbatore Institute of Technology says the uniform policy is appreciable. “Deadlines are there for applying for new colleges, introduction of new courses, extension of approval for existing courses, and applying for increase in intake for existing courses. As regards commencement of courses, tier – 1 colleges have always been starting courses early,” he adds.

Complementing his view, heads of tier – 1 engineering colleges say that the schedule did not need any additional effort to conform to because almost all their seats got filled in the first round of counselling and hence they were able to start classes in the first week of August.

The tier – 2 and tier – 3 colleges, however, will have to start classes on 1st August, 2013 even though the ones who get selected in the final round of counselling ( 30th July, 2013 ) and in the management quota will take time to join these colleges.

Some college heads say that the success of the common calendar will have to be seen from its implementation because it also involves including admission under the management quota in the 65 : 35 ratio and keeping in mind the medical counselling schedule that usually precedes the engineering counselling in Tamil Nadu.

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Private Sectors to Start Technical Institutions

The All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE ), New Delhi allowed the private sectors or private limited companies to start new technical institutions in India from the academic session 2013 – 14.

The Private sectors or private limited company having turnover at least of ₹ 300 Crore per year for previous three years to establish new technical institutions in Engineering & Technology, Pharmacy, Architecture & Town Planning and Hotel Management catering Technology ( HMCT ).

There are several reports by industry based organizations commenting on the lack back of adequate skills in the technical education imparted to the students and hence less employability. Therefore, AICTE has reviewed the curriculum and has come up with model curriculum to involve industry best practices. The model curriculum is available on the AICTE website.

AICTE has further proposed scheme of setting up of research park with the industry in certain good institutions where AICTE will fund up to one crore rupees along with grant from the industry. It is expected that the institute will provide about 350 to 500 sq. Mtr. of area within the campus to the industry to set up research extension facility within the institute. This facility would provide the students to work on live projects and faculty to participate with the industry experts for the same whereas the industry also would benefit from the faculty expertise.

AICTE also promotes entrepreneurship development with the industry. Further AICTE funds industry institute partnership cell to be set up within the institutions. Further AICTE promotes innovative promotions within the institutes based on the requirement of the industry through its students of technical institutions and funds such projects.

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AICTE Issues List of Unauthorised Institutions

The students who are interested to get admission into technical and management institutions across the country, proceed with care and check the institutions approval from the AICTE and other standards.

The All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE ), New Delhi issues a list of unauthorised institutions list in India.

According to the AICTE’s list, 23 institutions in Bangalore offering technical programmes without apex body’s approval and not only in bangalore, other states like Maharashtra with 125 disapproved institutions, Delhi with 64 institutions, Andhra Pradesh with 43 institutions and many more in other state.

List of the Unapproved Institutions across the country to see

Provided further that any Institution offering technical programme without approval the Council, shall be termed as unapproved if:

  • It is started without approval by the Council.
  • It is working in temporary location / at location not approved by the Council.
  • It is declared as “Unapproved” by the Council.

The Council shall maintain a list of un-approved institutions based on the information received by the council and shall also inform the general public about the same from time to time.

The AICTE list speaks volumes of the standards of technical and management education on the IT city.

Hari Krishna Maram, Governing Council Member, AICTE said, “Bangalore garners the lions share of disapproved colleges as it is the hub of education in Karnataka”.

“The council had been acting strict and even a slight deviation from rules is costing affiliation to many colleges. Moreover, the council’s rules are getting more stringent. For example, AICTE says a colleges with an intake of 120 should also have at least 120 desktops as part of its infrastructure” he added.

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23 Bangalore Colleges in AICTE Taint List

If you are planning to get yourself enrolled in any college offering technical and management courses in Bangalore, proceed with care. The college you are thinking of may be a reputed one, but it could be offering courses without requisite clearance from the All – India Council of Technical Education ( AICTE ).

According to a list issued by AICTE, 23 Bangalore institutions have been found conducting technical programs without the apex body’s approval; there is only one such institution elsewhere in the state. Maharashtra tops the list with 125 disapproved institutions, followed by Delhi with 64 and Andhra Pradesh with 43.

The AICTE list speaks volumes about the standards of technical and management education in the IT city.

Hari Krishna Maram, governing council member, All – India Management Association, said Bangalore garners the lion’s share of disapproved colleges as it is the hub of education in Karnataka.

“The council has been acting strict and even a slight deviation from rules is costing affiliation to many colleges. Moreover, the council’s rules are getting more stringent. For example, AICTE says a college with an intake of 120 should also have at least 120 desktops as part of its infrastructure,” he added.

AICTE officials said these colleges are either running courses without approval or are working out of temporary locations.

List of Bangalore colleges disapproved by AICTE

  • Academy of Business Management, Tourism & Research, Hosur Road
  • Aegis School of Business & Telecommunication, Domlur Layout
  • Bangalore Institute of Aeronautical Engineering & Information Technology, Nagarbhavi
  • Bangalore Management Academy, Marathahalli
  • ESQUIRE Academy of Management, Thirumenahalli
  • Focus School of Business & Finance, Sampige Road, Malleswaram
  • Indian Business Academy, Kanakapura Main Road
  • Indian Institute of Aeronautical and Marine Engineering, Padmanabhanagar
  • Institute of Business Management & Research, Hosur Main Road
  • Institute of Finance and International Management, Banashankari II Stage
  • Institute of Management &Technology, Banashankari III Stage
  • International Institute of Business Management, RT Nagar Road
  • International School of Business & Media, off HAL Airport Road, Marathahalli
  • MS Ramaiah School of Advanced Studies, New BEL Road
  • MATS School of Business MATS Tower, JP Nagar
  • NIAM Centre for Analytics & Research Excellence, Jayanagar
  • Presidency College of Management, Diamond District
  • Srusti Info System, Vijayanagar
  • TASMAC Training and Advanced Studies in Management and Education, Basavanagudi
  • ICFAI Institute of Science & Tech, Infantry Road
  • Training & Advanced Studies in Management and Communications (TASMAC) Ltd, Basavanagudi
  • International Institute of Business Studies, Nagawara
  • International Institute of Business Studies, KHB Main Road

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AICTE Warns Technical Institutions on Fee Refund

All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE ), New Delhi has warned to the all its affiliated institutions and universities offering management and catering programmes may lose its AICTE’s approval if they fail to refund fee to students who withdraw their admissions from the course.

The AICTE’s regulations 2012 notified a few say back, warns that institutions which do not fulfill the guidelines regarding refund of fee on the cancellation of admissions or delay of refunds shall be liable for disciplinary action.

The AICTE would like to take action on such institutions by withdrawal of approval granted for the programme or the course. Alternatively, the regulatory agency could stop admissions in th course for one academic year or suspend the approval for supernumerary seats. If any, fro an academic year. Besides, the college might be fined up to twice the amount of fees collected per student.

Presently, self – financing colleges and deemed universities rarely refund fees when students withdraw from a course even if they choose to discontinue before the commencement of classed in an academic year.

Many institutions withhold the Transfer Certificate ( TC ) and academic certificates of the students who wish to discontinue unless they pay the fees fro the entire duration of the course.

An AICTE said, “Such institutions may also attract a penalty of five times th total fees collected per student for each excess admission”.

Correspondingly, colleges which do not have a qualified Principal / Director for more than 18 months might be barred from admitting students for one year.

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AICTE announces CMAT Dates for MBA / PGDM Admissions 2013

The technical & management education regulatory body ( AICTE ) has launched a management entrance exam titled Common Management Aptitude Test ( CMAT ) this year.

CMAT which was supposed to supersede state level management entrance exams & all other national level management entrance exams leaving CAT has remained an optional management entrance exam. As per the directions given by the Supreme Court, CMAT is not the only test; all the five national level entrance exam scores can be used by Business Schools even for the academic year 2013 – 2014. MBA aspirants can take CAT, MAT, XAT, ATMA & CMAT and hence CMAT is not a mandatory test.

AICTE has announced that it wants to hold CMAT twice a year and the best of the two scores can be sent to Business Schools. The first test for next academic year admissions is on cards, the test like last year will be held in ONLINE mode only. The important dates for CMAT 2013 – 2014 are as below.

Important Dates for CMAT

1. Rajendra Prasad1950 - 1962
2. S. Radha Krishnan1962 - 1967
3. Zakir - Hussain 1967 - 1969
4. VV. Giri 1969 - 1974
5. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed 1974 - 1977
6. N. Sanjiva Reddy 1977 - 1982
7. Gyani Zail Singh 1982 - 1987
8. R. Venkataraman 1987 - 1992
9. Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma 1992 - 1997
10. K.R. Narayanan1997 - 2002
11. Dr. A.RJ. Abdul Kalam 2002 - 2007
12. Pratibha Patil2007 - 2012

13. Pranab Mukherjee 2012 to present

CMAT 2012 Eligibility

Graduates in any discipline or Final year students of Graduate Courses can apply for CMAT online.

CMAT Notification

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AICTE clears 17 New Tech Institutions in State

At least 17 new technical institutions, which include engineering colleges, will go functional in the state from the coming academic year 2012 – 13.

The All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE ), which regulates technical education in the country, has cleared these institutions as part of the approval process for new institutions, new courses and variation in student intake for 2012 – 13.

AICTE’s officiating Chairman S S Mantha told TOI on 11th April, 2012, “We received 669 applications for new institutions including engineering, polytechnics, management, pharmacy, architecture and applied arts colleges, among others. Of these, 76 proposals including 17 from Maharashtra have been cleared. All the remaining proposals have been rejected.”

Mantha said details about the approved institutions and their sanctioned intake will be released in a day or two. “We have now moved into the appeals process for those institutions whose applications have been rejected,” he said.

The AICTE started the approval process for 2012 – 13 by seeking online submission of proposals between October and December 2011. The process for scrutiny of these proposals had begun in January and ended on 31st March, 2012.

Mantha said, “Of the 669 pleas, 307 were for new polytechnics and the remaining applications were for degree and post – graduate institutions for engineering, management and other technical courses. There were 119 applications from Maharashtra.”

The state government had earlier written to the AICTE urging that no new engineering colleges be sanctioned this year in view of the large number of engineering seats going vacant for the last few years in the state.

As of now, Maharashtra accounts for nearly 325 engineering colleges that collectively have a student intake of over 1.20 lakh seats. For the last two years, the engineering colleges in the state have reported close to 20,000 vacant seats.

Mantha said, “We received the letter from the Maharashtra government and we discussed the issue at our meeting too. However, applying a sudden brake on the process of approving new institutions is not a practical solution considering the gestation period for any institution to reach the state where it can apply for approval.”

“Usually, it takes around two years for an institution to have all the necessary ground work in place, including raising capital, making investments in new buildings, labs and allied infrastructure and meeting other norms before it can move an application for approval before the AICTE. We cannot suddenly say no to these institutions,” he said.

Mantha, however, said that the council was conscious about the concerns raised by Maharashtra as well as the other state governments regarding vacant seats. “We will review our policy for approval of new institutions which intend to start from 2014 – 15,” he said.


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