Now, the University Grant Commission (UGC) will regulate all those Management and Business-schools of India that offer a master’s degree in management and are affiliated to universities, whereas, All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is to control autonomous/independent B-schools which offer a post-graduate diploma in management (PGDM).
The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) stood up to sort the dispute which started to take place between the two apex higher education regulatory bodies – UGC & AICTE.
In April 2013, AICTE was not questioned by the Supreme Court while making judgment for its control over autonomous B-Schools.
Earlier the UGC was entrusted with the charge to regulate all B-Schools of India, but when it did not work, MHRD took a decision of AICTE to regulate independent B-schools, as informed a senior MHRD official.
MHRD, in the meantime was already looking for ways to restore the power of AICTE in some form after the SC scrapped AICTE’s power in April 2013. The MHRD had also planned few measures, including an ordinance for the same.
The new decision taken together by UGC and MHRD shall bring relief to independent B-schools.