The Hindu | KERALA | THIRUVANANTHAPURAM | December 15, 2015 | |
The A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technological University (KTU) will affiliate 24 more institutions offering MBA courses during next academic year. Now the varsity has given affiliation to only one institution, the College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, CET, for the programme. Currently 75 institutions in Kerala offer the MBA programme with a sanctioned seat strength of 7,110. Once the number of KTU-affiliated institutions increases to 25, the sanctioned MBA seats under the varsity would become 1,560. KTU pro vice chancellor M. Abdul Rahman told The Hindu that the varsity was looking to affiliate only MBA courses offered by engineering colleges in the State. According to Dr. Rahman, the KTU has restructured the MBA programme to follow a system of trimesters instead of semesters. According to this system, there would be three learning modules a year. The trimester system was introduced for the 2015-16 admissions at the CET and would be applicable to all the MBA courses that get affiliated to the KTU next year.
“One core difference that we have introduced lays emphasis on case-study-based learning. The old semester-based MBA programme used to be heavy on theory. This had its impact on the employability of the candidates. We have sought to make the programme as industry-friendly and employment-oriented as possible. Moreover, we would also give due emphasis to institution-industry interactions,” Dr. Rahman said. The trimester MBA programme would feature two projects: one in the fifth trimester and another, during the sixth trimester. There would be a board that evaluates these projects. As with other MBA programmes, there would also be a two-month internship. Another specialty of the KTU’s course is that the required attendance level is 90 per cent, much higher that the required percentage for other programmes. The latest trimester MBA examinations were held from November 19 to November 30 and the results were published on December 2. The examinations were conducted on an online platform that enabled evaluators to mark answer sheets online. – Courtesy