Wednesday, July 06, 2011

AICTE lowers cut-off for engineering courses to 45%

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has lowered the eligibility criteria for engineering courses from 50 per cent in Class 12 (in physics, chemistry and math or PCM) to 45 per cent for general category candidates and 40 per cent for reserved category candidates. S S Mantha, Chairman of AICTE, told The Indian Express that the relaxation is mandatory for states to follow and it eliminates disparities. He added that it also has been relaxed in view of demographics. “Some children go to good schools and some go to not so good ones but they are talented,” he said. “This way they will get admission.”

With regards to empty seats, which was being seen as a reason for the move, the AICTE chairman said it is mostly in streams that are not so popular or in rural areas. “Overall we have 10 per cent vacant seats and they are not evenly distributed.”

Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal said the relaxation in the norms by the advisory body follows an upsurge in the demand for the same. “We have to ultimately relax the norms because the demand is huge. It all depends on the market. For instance, this year, people have moved to mechanical engineering courses,” he said. “Seats in colleges are vacant due to poor standards. We have to address the demand issue.”

Following the AICTE decision, which was taken a couple of days ago, the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) in Maharashtra on Tuesday released a notification which stated the revised basic eligibility rules. Maharashtra along with Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka contributes around 70 per cent of the country’s engineering graduates.

“Candidates should have passed the Std XII examination...and secured minimum 45% marks, that is, not less than 135 marks out of 300 marks (and minimum 40% marks, that is, not less than 120 marks out of 300 marks in case of candidates of backward class categories) in physics, chemistry and mathematics added together,” said the notification.

“All those candidates who are now eligible due to change in eligibility are required to submit and confirm the online application form. Those candidates who were not eligible (previously) and submitted and confirmed the online application form and now become eligible due to change in eligibility, are required to take the fresh receipt-cum-acknowledgement,” the Directorate of Technical Education notification said.

Source: The Indian Express, July 6, 2011
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