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Wheat vs chaff

`Why B-school teaching doesn't make grade' (Business Line, September 24) is an eye-opener about the pathetic conditions in Indian "business schools", which have mushroomed since 1991 to almost one thousand. The issues raised by the article need to be widely debated. He, however, does not set much store on the abilities of the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), which he blames for letting the situation get out of hand. Perhaps the AICTE requirement of a Ph.D. is unrealistic, as the article suggests. But it is not clear why the author dwells on this issue to such an extent by highlighting the business angle.

Even the IIMs do not seem to insist on "business-related doctorates". Almost any Ph.D is accepted. So, it is entirely possible for new business schools to be just as flexible as well. The problem, however, is that these are not educational institutions in the true sense but sheer commercial ventures as the article amply underlines. No PhD worth his salt would be able to derive any scholastic value whatsoever from such set-ups.

P. S. Thomas

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