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Andhra Pradesh Tops the List of Closing B-Schools

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Around 130 management institutes or 4 percent of all B-schools in India are expected to be closed this year, twice as many as last year. The reasons behind the closure are said to be faculty shortage, lack of students, substandard curriculum and poor infrastructure reported the Financial Express

List of states whose business schools have applied for closure have Andhra Pradesh on top with 36 such institutes, followed by Rajasthan with 25 and Uttar Pradesh with 18. Total seat capacity of all these institutes is almost 10,000. Recently, the Mumbai Business School wound up after three years of operation due to lack of students. It provided a one-year full-time programme in management, similar to the one offered by the Hyderabad-based Indian School of Business.

Last year, 40 B-schools requested closure according to the All-India India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which prescribes norms for faculty and approval for establishment of new institutes.

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India has nearly 4,000 B-schools with a capacity of 3.5 lakh seats. Every year, around 60-70 institutes get added to the list. The council is still processing the applications of institutes and closure can happen once the respective state government and affiliating.

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