The idea of defining the duration of an MBA programme is ludicrouswhy is 24 months any more effective than the 21 months that an MBA at Harvard Business School runs That the schools cannot decide their own fee structures, according to the guidelines, is another major stumbling block. Higher education institutes, even the illustrious IITs, are perpetually starved of fundsa recent petition by the IITs to raise fees was politely turned down by the HRD under the garb of inclusive education. In such circumstances, giving states control over what schools can and cannot charge is an example of the environment of over-regulation that exists in India, recently highlighted in the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy report. But the most serious issue of all, with the AICTEs notification, is the section of designing a common syllabus/curriculum model. MBA programme are designed to encourage critical thinking, innovation, entrepreneurship, original thought... none of which can be put under the umbrella of one size fits all. Attempting to have a common syllabus, therefore, is facetious. Given that only ISB and IIM-A (of which ISB is independent of government) feature in international rankings, it appears that government intervention, when it only serves to standardise and sanitise without understanding the nuances of education, becomes the tipping point between mediocrity and even more mediocrity.