The Approval Handbook of All India Council for Technical Education for the academic session 2020-21 was recently released and as per the new norm, B-schools cannot offer PGDM and MBA courses simultaneously in the same building anymore.

While MBA courses are usually offered by a university or any institute affiliated with a university, PGDM courses are offered by standalone institutions that are AICTE approved.

With a new policy devised by the advisory body, many students may face confusions while seeking admissions for their desired management course. With that said, faculty members at iFEELLonavala, one of the top PGDM colleges in MBA, share some basic tips for choosing a B-school to help you get a clear head and avoid further complications.

  • Programs offered by the college: On top of the course that you are enrolling for, it is imperative to check other programs that the college offers as well. The AICTE Regulations 2020 states that both PGDM and MBA courses cannot be conducted in the same institution. Therefore, it is advisable to seek admission in a college where either only MBA or PGDM course is being offered.
  • University affiliated or autonomous: As per the technical and management education regulator of the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, PGDM courses can be offered by autonomous institutions whereas MBA courses can be offered by universities (private or government) or institutions affiliated with universities. Talking about how one can do a credibility check of a PGDM college with respect to the recent policies rolled out by AICTE, an expert at iFEELLonavala suggested, “If you are seeking admission for a PGDM course, the ideal way is to do it from an AICTE approved standalone management institute.”
  • Credibility check: Once you have narrowed down the list of PGDM or MBA colleges after ensuring that they are at par with the AICTE guidelines, the next important thing isobtaining the most credible information about the colleges.

Finding the alumni groups of those B-schools online and seeking relevant information pertaining to the learning culture, faculty standard, placements, etc, is a wise way to determine whether the college is apt for you or not. Additionally, checking their official website can help you know the necessary details such as faculty profiles, placements, packages, tie-ups with other institutions and corporates, infrastructure, events and a lot more.

These are some of the ways in which you can check the credibility of a management institute and ease your decision-making process. Even though it may take considerable time and effort, it is crucial to go the extra mile in order to avoid any issues after you graduate.

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