GTU relaxes conditions for MBA admission

With more than 40 per cent seats still lying vacant in the state's management colleges, the Gujarat Technological University (GTU) has relaxed its admission criteria.

The university has announced to give admissions to those candidates who could not clear the Gujarat Combined Entrance Test (GCET) as well as to those who did not even appear at GCET but have scored 50 per cent or more marks in their graduation.

The decision has been taken as a large number of management colleges, mostly in small towns, have not got adequate number of students, making them financially unviable. Out of 13,365 seats in 132 management colleges, only 8,423 seats have been filled up so far despite three rounds of consultation among the students who cleared GCET-2012.

GTU has now asked MBA aspirants to approach the colleges directly for admission, latest by October 6.

Earlier, admission forms were issued by the university, and colleges were allotted to the students on the basis of overall merit calculated by taking into consideration the marks obtained in qualifying examination as well as GCET. Now the university will only verify the forms to ensure that the applicants had a minimum of 50 per cent marks in general category and 45 per cent in reserved category in their gradation.

Speaking to The Indian Express, GTU registrar Gitesh Joshi said a new scenario had developed with regard to higher education in the state. Previously, there were less number of management colleges and more seekers of education. But the situation had changed completely. While the number of students had not increased much, the number of seats had increased because of more management colleges having come up in the last two to three years.

"The university had to relax its conditions for admission to cope up with the new situation that has arisen now," said Joshi.

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