Rajasthan Technical University has introduced an integrated five-year post graduate programme in management and a dual degree programme in engineering and management to give a leg up to the colleges staring at a possible shut down.The decision was taken at a meeting on Friday.

The integrated graduate and PG programme would enable students to complete their MBA in straight five years after school. The RTU is hoping that the course would attract more students to its 134 management colleges. The programme will enable colleges to take students right from Class XII.

The programme will award degrees at three levels. Students enrolled for three years will get a bachelor's degree. After completion of four years students will be given a Bachelor of Applied Management degree while those who complete five years will get an MBA degree.

"It is designed to increase the employability of students from all backgrounds, especially those coming from rural areas. So far, the two year degree has failed to produce employable MBAs as most youths coming from Hindi-medium background can't cope with the academic pressure," said Rohitash Shringi, dean, faculty of management studies

Considering the large number of B Tech students who enroll for MBA programme, the varsity is aiming to retain these students by offering the dual degree programme option."Many companies, including core engineering companies, hire a candidate with multiple degrees who can later take up managerial responsibilities," said RTU vice-chancellor R P Yadav.

This year around 30 management colleges have applied for closure and rest are running with less than 30% student strength.RTU has 134 management colleges with 10,500 students. During the counseling session nearing 1,500 students applied for admission leaving colleges to struggle for students. At last the technical education department has allowed them to intake students without entrance test.

Source: Times of India