Physics, Maths in class 12 no-more a must for BE, BTech admissions: AICTE
Physics, Maths in class 12 no-more a must for BE, BTech admissions: AICTE

Prospective engineering students will not have to mandatorily study Maths and Physics in Class 12, according to new norms released by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for 2021-22.

Beginning the academic year 2021-22, students from diverse backgrounds will be entitled to take admission to four-year BE, BTech courses offered by AICTE-approved colleges, however, these students will have to undergo training.

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.

As opposed to the physics- chemistry- mathematics (PCM) requirement, now students having any of three subjects as enlisted by AICTE can seek admission to BE, BTech courses. The listed courses comprise – 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 a “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 percent marks (40 percent marks in case of candidates belonging to reserved category) in these subjects to be eligible for admission, as per rules.

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