University of Pune's (UoP) entrance exam for Master in Business Administration (MBA) course for international students has failed to attract students from abroad. With poor response from international students, all the 90 students who had applied and appeared for the entrance have been selected despite the fact that some students scored just 16 marks in the test. All the students who have applied are from the developing countries, making the varsity’s claim of being world-renowned sound hollow, said officials.
In the merit list put out by the university for foreign nationals and NRIs, the highest marks obtained is 58 out of 100 in the MBA entrance exam. “The response was not good for MBA course. But then this is not a unique case as the overall response to MBA course has decreased nationwide. We got 90 applications and we took them all. We have given ranking as per the marks obtained in the entrance and the discussion and interview held afterwards,” said Vijay Khare, director of the International Centre of UoP.
But all the students who have applied belong to countries like Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Yemen and Iran. None of them are from any of the developed nations. The last year’s list of students too did not have anybody from developed nations. Many students go by world ranking of universities, where UoP’s global ranking has further dipped to 701+ this year as compared to last year’s 601+, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
As per the QS, the university’s ranking among Asian varsities has also remained low, between 180 and 200 in the last one year. “Not only world ranking, even the marks obtained from NAAC have decreased for the university by almost 10 per cent. Also there were many reports against the university in the media due to its wrong policies and delayed action. All this has affected the international students’ perception of the university,” said a senior academic council member.
“There are world-class institutions in the US and the UK. So the students from these areas will not come to India to study. Most students from developed countries come in exchange programmes. These are mostly for a single semester or a year. What the students want is to study cross cultural issues, thoughts and ideas. They are not here mostly to have degrees,” said Khare.
Although European Union takes students from India to their countries for exchange programmes, this