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AICTE’s New Engineering Norms Mixed Reaction

New AICTE regulations: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) recently changed the eligibility requirements for undergraduate engineering programmes, making physics, chemistry, and math optional. Students can now study technical courses at the undergraduate level, such as biotechnology, textiles, or agriculture engineering, without having to take core science subjects at the plus two level. “What AICTE has adopted is a versatile approach whereby a student who has not completed all of these courses in the board exam but has completed one or two of them online or through a MOOC can take an entrance exam and enter engineering,” said AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe. Most engineering subjects, such as computer science, still require PCM. Only 14 subjects are required to take PCM, according to the AICTE.

AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe Announced: “What AICTE has adopted is a versatile approach whereby a student can take an entrance exam and enter engineering if they have not completed all of these courses in the board exam but have completed one or two of them online or through a MOOC,” said AICTE chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe. According to him, the new AICTE regulation is versatile, motivating, and liberal, and it does not diminish the value of PCM in engineering. Sahasrabudhe explained, "It's the cornerstone on which the entire edifice of engineering is constructed."

The new standards, on the other hand, have not gone over well with many educators, who believe the model would further degrade the standard of engineering education in the country. “It is forgotten that engineering and technology thrive on the basis of science and analytical mind produced through the pursuit of mathematics,” said PB Sharma, vice-chancellor of Amity University Gurugram. Engineers' science and mathematics foundations will be diluted, destroying what little quality engineering education we have in our country.”

WBJEE 2020 winner Souradeep Das said: Apart from passing the entrance exam, math, physics, and chemistry were once required subjects in plus two. This year, however, the eligibility requirement will be a minimum of 45 percent in any three subjects from a list of 14 issued by the AICTE. A former engineering entrance exam winner believes that all engineering students should have a basic understanding of science subjects. “If students without a math or physics background enrol in engineering courses, they will fail because the basics must be taught to them in college,” WBJEE 2020 winner Souradeep Das said.

Aaryan Prothi of The Indian School, a Class 12 student, believes that the new AICTE regulation would make a difference among students. “Students who do not have a basic understanding of physics and chemistry would be unable to pursue engineering studies, whether in core mechanical, electrical, or other agricultural or textile engineering trades. Even if colleges provide students with a basic science course, it will not be appropriate for engineering courses. There will be a chasm between the students as a result of this.” According to him, the new module would discourage students without a solid understanding of physics and chemistry from obtaining jobs in the future, as their lack of knowledge could hinder their engineering performance.

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