The Kerala University on Saturday postponed to August 7 the admission to MBA courses in the Institute of Management in Kerala (IMK) and eight other University Institutes of Management (UIMs), when an ‘Express’ report pointed out the anomalies in the admission process.
‘Express’ had on Saturday reported that the decision to collect institution preference from aspirants to MBA (CSS) and MBA (Tourism-CSS) courses even before preparation of the provisional rank-list and its move to admit candidates on the basis of those options rather than the ranks secured, has created widespread resentment among the aspirants.
“After these anomalies were brought to our notice, we have postponed the admission process to August 7. Candidates who appeared for counselling on Saturday were asked to furnish their options afresh and admissions would be made accordingly,” Kerala University Registrar K Mohammed Basheer told ‘Express.’
Aspirants to MBA programmes alleged that the University had asked them to furnish the options of the institutions where they would like to pursue the course during the general discussion round itself.
Since this was done before preparation of the rank-list, candidates did not have a clear idea about the ranks they would secure and hence many of them got their options wrong.
The University then prepared centre-based rank-lists on the basis of the options, sidelining the ranks secured by candidates and decided to go ahead with the admission on Saturday.
By preparing a rank-list purely on the basis of preference to a particular institution, a candidate who got a higher rank in the entrance exam ended up much below in the centre-based rank-list.
J Rajan, Head of IMK, who is in charge of the admission process, said that admissions on August 7 would be done purely on the basis of the provisional rank-list of the Kerala University Common Admission Test (KU-CAT) 2013.
Regretting the confusion caused owing to preparation of option-based rank-lists, Rajan said this was done due to widespread complaints last year that many students could not study in the institution of their choice.
“From next year onwards, the admission process will be made online and we hope it will be a smooth process,” he said.