Monday, October 03, 2011

Rs.1 billion turnover floor for CMAT bid

With the ground being set for the computer-based Common Management Admissions Test (CMAT) 2012, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has fixed a minimum revenue requirement of Rs. 100 crore (Rs. 1 billion) for education companies willing to bid for the project.

The bidder should have a minimum annual turnover of at least Rs. 1 billion in the past three years for global operation besides being a profit-making organisation during the same time-frame, according to the tender floated by the council. AICTE, which will conduct the CMAT, may enter into an initial 3-5 year contract, but plans to retain overall control over test-generation and delivery mechanism.

As per the tender, CMAT-2012 will be implemented at all stages, including test announcement, registration, application processing, issuing admit cards, question bank development, test construction, test delivery, score processing and result declaration. The test will comprise four sections, namely QT and data interpretation, logical reasoning, general awareness and language comprehension.

The test’s duration would be three hours and have multiple-choice questions. CMAT-2012 will be conducted from February 20-28, 2012, and is expected to cater to about 250,000 candidates across the country. At present, there are 3,800 AICTE-approved management institutes that have almost 400,000 students. Every year, around 60-70 institutes get added to the list.

The council has asked the bidders to state their approach for each of the tasks of test announcement, registration, application processing, dispatch of admit cards, item bank development, test construction, test delivery, score processing and dispatch of test scores, besides their operational plan for computerisation of CMAT.

The contract also allows the bidders to have a pilot test before the CMAT and provide detailed plan for pre-testing of multiple-choice questions, minimum sample size required, and the criteria to screen out inappropriate items. Test development would include developing online test consisting of four sections. It would also include statistical analyses of item performance and monitoring procedures. In fact, the All India Management Association (AIMA), that conducts the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) has offered its test centres in the far-flung areas of the country.

“The shortlisting process will begin soon and AIMA can also apply for it,” said AICTE Chairman SS Mantha. Interestingly, this is not the first time that the council is seeking the help of e-governance. It has already implemented an e-governance project for processing the applications for starting of new institutes and extension of approval to existing institutions.

Source: The Financial Express, October 3, 2011

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