Maths, physics in class 12 no longer a must for BE, BTech admissions: AICTE

Students aspiring to seek admissions to undergraduate engineering and technology colleges need not have mathematics, physics as their compulsory subjects in class 12, as per the latest rule-book issued by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). Starting the academic year 2021-22, students from diverse backgrounds will be eligible to take admission to four-year BE, BTech courses offered by AICTE-approved colleges, however, these students will have to undergo training.

As opposed to the PCM (physics, chemistry, mathematics) requirement, now students having any of three subjects as enlisted by AICTE can seek admission to BE, BTech courses. The listed courses include – physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science, electronics, information technology, biology, informatics practices, biotechnology, technical vocational subject, agriculture, engineering graphics, business studies, entrepreneurship.

This opens up BE, BTech degree courses for students from medicine and commerce as well as vocational backgrounds as well. Students having passed three-year diploma courses can also apply for the degree course. Students who do not have mathematics, physics, engineering as their background would be offered “suitable bridge course” by their respective universities “to achieve desired learning outcomes of the programme”, the AICTE said.

Students should have obtained at least 45 per cent marks (40 per cent marks in case of candidates belonging to reserved category) in these subjects to be eligible for admission, as per rules.

AICTE has also barred engineering colleges, universities, and institutes from opening up colleges in traditional or non-relevant streams and existing institutions will be permitted to start new programmes or course(s) only in emerging or multi-disciplinary areas. Further, only institutes having more than 50 per cent overall enrolment in the academic year 2019-20 will be permitted to open new courses.

From this academic year onwards, AICTE has also enabled multiple entry and exit options for several courses. This is in line with the NEP 2020. As pre the new rules, in case a student exits after completing the first/ second year, s/he shall be provided with a skill certificate (as per the levels) by the State Technical Board. “Skill certificate is purely to provide skills (and not formal education), hence there shall be no equivalence for the same and there shall be no vertical mobility with Skill certificates,” AICTE said in its official handbook.

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