Students who complete higher secondary with Physics and Mathematics along with other optional subjects will also be eligible to get into engineering courses.
In an unprecedented move, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has ruled that Chemistry is not mandatory for admission into BTech and BE courses in the country. This move will allow thousands of students to get into engineering courses.
Students who have completed higher secondary with Physics and Mathematics along with other optional subjects including Biology and Biotechnology are also eligible to get admission into engineering courses from the next academic session. Currently, for engineering streams, the combination of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics is a must.
As per sources, from the next academic year, the students with either of the optional subjects will also be eligible for admission along with Physics and Mathematics as mandatory subjects.
The optional subjects include- Biology, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Informatics Practice, Agriculture, Information Technology, Engineering Graphic and Business Studies.
Presently, there are nearly 3,000 institutions that offer 13.2 lakh undergraduate degrees in engineering and technology. If the courses including design, architecture, planning and town planning are included, this number would double up.