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Pune university’s PUMBA sees a two ­fold rise in applications

PUBLISH DATE 10th August 2018

The admission process for the MBA course at the department of management sciences (PUMBA) under Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), has witnessed a two-fold increase in the number of applications this year.

With the process in its fifth round, as many as 1,000 applications had come in for 20 seats, this year. Last year, close to 450 applications were registered for the same number of seats.

Unlike the previous rounds, where admissions were held through the centralised admission procedure (CAP), this round is being conducted purely by the department to fill the remaining

20 seats.

“In total there are 180 seats for the course, of which 160 were filled in the four rounds of CAP. However, like last year, we had

20 seats vacant and so decided to conduct the admissions at the institution level. And, surprisingly, the applications rose at this point,” said Prafulla A Pawar, director , PUMBA.

He added that a number of factors including the competition with Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai which results in some students opting for the other caused the seats to be vacant.

“We have the second highest cut-off of 114, and are the second most sought-out MBA institute in Maharashtra, after JBIMS. There is always this case of vertical movement whereby students keep trying to get into the best. Those that get through PUMBA aspire for JBIMS and so on, while others from outside of Pune, look for options in their cities or districts, causing a few seats to go vacant. But, this being the last round, such a surge of aspirants was expected,” said Pawar.The applications for the admissions to the MBA course closed on August 12, and the merit list for the same will be announced on Monday. The counselling round will be held on August 14.Speaking about the spike in applications this year, Pawar said, “Every year we do see a slight rise in applications and this year it has been quite a jump. It’s mainly because of placements. While there are other factors like faculty, alumni and industry connect, content, etc, in play, the major reason is placements that big institutions like ours can provide, as opposed to a number of other management institutes in the state.”


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