AICTE is also known as the All Indian Council for Technical Education announced some significant changes that can impact the Entry-level qualification programs in Engineering.
Among other things, each year, the ministry publishes an ‘Approval Process Handbook’ (APH) that lays out the basic norms for recognizing new technical education institutes, new programs, and entry qualifications for admission to degree and diploma programs. In the handbook for this year, the eligibility criteria for admission to the four-year degree programs for B.Tech and B.E. have changed. In the handbook for this year, the eligibility criteria for admission to the four-year degree programs for B.Tech and B.E. have changed.
Three subjects could be chosen from a list of 11, such as Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biology, Computer Science, Information Technology, Informatics Practices, Agriculture, etc. Engineering Graphics, Business Studies, and technical vocational subjects. An individual who wishes to be considered for the general category should have scored at least 45% over three subjects.
New norms stipulate that candidates should have a score of at least 45% in at least three subjects provided in the new handbook. They are Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics, Information Technology, Biochemistry, and Informatics, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Studies, Engineering Graphics, and Business Studies.
Takes on how the New Changes made by the AICTE in qualifications for admission to BE, B.Tech programs
- This latest announcement has enabled students who do not incline PCM to opt for these engineering courses at the undergraduate level without studying PCM in their intermediate.
- With these changes, the New Education Policy promotes an interdisciplinary and a Choice- Based Education system for students in Engineering.
- Students from Biology/Medical streams will now be able to enroll in many engineering courses since Maths and Physics are no longer required to be taken as compulsory subjects.
To allay concerns of educationists and universities, the AICTE chairperson said that engineering courses in which one needs basic knowledge of mathematics, physics, or chemistry can be imparted to the students in their first year through bridge courses. Additionally, he said universities and engineering colleges in the country would be asked to design basic bridge courses to impart basic PCM lessons to students.
AICTE’s chairman stated that students have often questioned the present system where they are required to study subjects such as Chemistry for admission in most engineering streams except for the mechanical engineering stream, which doesn’t need Chemistry later on.
For instance: Take the case of biotechnology, the chairperson said many students wanted to opt for biology because it would help them in learning engineering later on in their career instead of mathematics which didn't have much use in biotechnology.