Thursday, July 07, 2011

AICTE lower eligibility criteria for engineering

The eligibility criteria for admission to the first year engineering courses have been relaxed by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in Maharashtra. It is an advisory body regarding technical education in India. , has relaxed the basic eligibility criteria for admissions to the first year engineering course.

The minimum criteria is now 45 per cent (40 per cent for reserved category) aggregate in physics, chemistry and mathematics (PCM) group in standard XII exam, which was 50 per cent till last year.

In another decision there is lowering of the bar for polytechnic admissions to 35 per cent from 50 per cent in standard X exam from any board. The AICTE’s decision has come recently. So the Director of Technical Education, DTE would be making changes only after getting official intimation in this regard. Thus the last date of submission of forms is also likely to be extended if the new criterion is implemented.

The decision came as it has been realised that the demand for engineers is very high and there has been poor response by the candidates as the fees has been quite high and the eligibility criteria of 50% in PCM was also not being fulfilled by the candidates

At present there are over 1.14 lakh engineering seats in 309 colleges across Maharashtra. But the number of applications was around 90,000 this year. So this the raised fears of many seats going vacant across the state.

Now as AICTE has lowered the bar, any candidate scoring 135/300 marks would become eligible for admissions to BE first year.

Source: The Economic Times

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