18 Feb 2020 17:54 IST

Universities cannot offer PGDM and MBA simultaneously, says AICTE

Central, State and private universities required to convert all diploma courses to MBA

The Government or private universities will no longer be able to offer both PGDM and MBA courses simultaneously and will have to chose one of the two, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has said.

The technical and management education regulator of the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has said the Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) courses can be run by standalone institutions, which are neither universities nor affiliated to any university, similar to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

“Over a period of time, deemed-to-be universities have added PGDM courses under the banner of management programmes, in contravention of the norms. According to the AICTE Regulations 2020, conducting PGDM and MBA courses in the same institution is not permissible,” a senior AICTE official said.

“Central, State and private universities, and institutions that are deemed to be universities, which are running PGDM and MBA courses under the banner of management programmes, are requested to convert all courses to MBA completely and comply with the AICTE norms,” he added.

According to the regulations, institutions affiliated to universities have the option of either converting all PGDM courses to corresponding MBA courses with respective university affiliation, or vice-versa and run the PGDM courses under a separate standalone institute.