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AICTE has prohibited Government and Private Universities from offering MBA (Master of Business Administration) and PGDM (Postgraduate Diploma in Management) courses simultaneously. Now, universities will have to choose either of these two courses in their curriculum. Government or Private Universities can now offer MBA Degree Courses or PGDM Diploma Courses. AICTE has made it clear that that universities cannot run MBA and PGDM Courses at the same time.
The technical and management education regulator of the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has said 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 course under the banner of 'Management Programme' in contravention of 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 deemed to be universities, which are running PGDM and MBA courses under the banner of management programme, are requested to convert all courses into 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 into corresponding MBA courses with respective university affiliation or vice-versa and run those under a separate standalone institute. It is to note that candidates having MBA degree are eligible to apply for PhD, however those with PGM qualification cannot pursue or go for Research/Doctoral studies.