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Math not Mandatory for 1/3rd of engineering courses

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has announced that math in class 12 is no longer compulsory to apply for one-third of engineering courses, including architecture, fashion technology and biotechnology.

In the new guidelines, Chemistry has been made an alternative for studying computer science, electronics engineering and electrical engineering.

Math has been made an elective for 10 out of 29 diploma/UG courses. Instead, students who studied any of these 14 subjects including Computer Science, Electronics, Information Technology, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational subject, Agriculture, Engineering Graphics, Informatics Practices, Business Studies and Entrepreneurship are free to take up an engineering course.

According to 2021-22 guidelines, the AICTE made math and physics electives for all engineering courses, drawing widespread disapproval. This year it has pledged to address the queries by limiting the courses that don’t need maths, chemistry or physics.

The third subject must be chosen from among Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics, Information Technology, Biology, Informatics Practices, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational subject, Agriculture, Engineering Graphics, Business Studies, Entrepreneurship.

As many as 15 courses need a student to have studied Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in 10+2. However, a student who may not have studied Math, but had Physics and Chemistry in school, can still take up Agriculture Engineering, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Engineering and Printing Engineering under the revised guidelines.

Only UG courses like architecture, packaging technology, and fashion technology courses have no mandatory subject combination requirements.

The overall scores of the students in three subjects must need to be at least 45 per cent (General) and 40 per cent (Reserved categories) to be eligible for admission to engineering courses.

Till the 2019-20 academic calendar, engineering aspirants should have passed 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects. The third subject could have been any one from Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biology and Technical Vocational subject.

AICTE chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe told principals during an online meeting, “as per the National Education Policy 2020, the school education system is divided into 5+3+3+4. The last four years are not going to be arts, science and commerce streams. They will be studying a liberal arts type of stream where they can take maths, physics and psychology or chemistry and computer science. It will help students join any other new programme when they complete Class 12. This window of opportunity or programme is being allowed with proper bridge courses in the first two semesters.”

Admissions to utmost engineering and technology undergraduate degree programmes will necessitate students to have mandatorily pursued Physics and Mathematics at the high school level, the All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE) announced on Tuesday 29 March 2022, in what is being seen as a partial rollback of the eligibility norms it released last year.

The previous rules had left the question of compulsory subject combinations to the universities and engineering institutes, making it theoretically possible for those who may not have studied Physics and Math at the higher secondary level to follow UG degree courses in engineering and technology.

However, educationists and educational experts have slammed the move, saying piloting bridge courses will not help students understand basics and will result in producing poor quality engineers.

However, some said the move would give flexibility. “It provides students, who have chosen different subjects in higher secondary, an opportunity to pursue professional degree programmes,” said S Vaidhyasubramaniam, vice-chancellor of Sastra.

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