Delhi High Court cancels CMAT

Written by feBureau | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 31 2013, 10:11am hrs
The Delhi High Court has cancelled the common management admissions test (CMAT) conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). CMAT was first conducted in 2012 and over 2.5 lakh candidates sat for it across the country.

The CMAT was part of an ambitious plan of the HRD ministry to hold a common admission test for all business schools, except the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

This comes after the April 25 Supreme Court ruling that the AICTE did not have the authority to control or regulate professional colleges that are affiliated to universities. That meant a technical college with university affiliation did not need to seek AICTE approval. CMAT is not the core agenda of the AICTE and legally, it can't conduct such an exam. This ruling shows that the rigid bureaucratic framework of the government can't be successful, said H Chaturvedi, alternate president, Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI).