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MBA and MCA losing their luster in Karnataka

Published On: 23 Nov 2012 | Last Updated On: 23 Nov 2012

The demand for MBA (Master of Business Administration) and MCA (Master of Computer Application) have declined in Karnataka. This is revealed by large number of seats going vacant in these professional degree courses.

This year around 50% government MBA seats were left vacant. State has 236 colleges with a total of 14,148 MBA seats. Of the 14,148 seats , 8007 were filled through PGCET (Post-Graduate Common Entrance Test) held by the KEA (Karnataka Examination Authority) out of which only 7600 candidates reported to the respective colleges.

Same went with the management-quota seats. Out of over 13,000 seats to be filled through Karnataka Management Admission Test, 6000 went vacant. Sources from AICTE (All India Council of Technical Education) revealed that the interest of students in MBA degree courses has faded away. The situation has become worst this year. Due to economic slowdown, placements were not good. Many sectors are not hiring at all. Students are hesitant to pool in about Rs 5 lakh to gain an MBA degree. Many students prefer part-time MBA courses and opt for jobs. With the introduction of common entrance exam for management courses, the number of students opting for MBA courses is expected to go up in future.

Same story goes with MCA courses as well. There are a total of 104 colleges providing MCA courses in Karnataka with an intake capacity of 5781. Until now only 2609 seats have been filled. State has 122 colleges offering MTech courses with an intake capacity of 8124 seats out of which 7843 have been filled.

Only leading colleges have been able to achieve 100% admissions. Few lowrung institutes could fill seats in single digits. The MBA market has certainly declined as revealed by large number of vacant seats. One of the reasons for this could be that admissions in these courses started very late in Karnataka. By that time many students from North Karnataka had taken admission in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Source: Times of India

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