The students who did not have Physics and Maths as subjects in class 12 will also be able to study engineering, that is, courses like BE and B.Tech now. This is due to the changes that have been made in the regulations of the AICTE. It was said by AICTE in the approval handbook for the session 2021-22 that, students who are willing to be engineers will not need Mathematics and Physics as core subjects in Higher Secondary (Class 12).
This rule will come into effect from the academic session 2021-22. Till now, it was necessary to have Math and Physics as core subjects in Higher Secondary (Class 12) for a student to study engineering. The students got an option for choosing the 3rd subject from Biotechnology, Technical Vocational, Chemistry and Biology.
According to AICTE, the changes have been made to the regulations so that the students from even the diversified backgrounds can study engineering if they want.
It has also been asked by the technical education regulator that the universities and the colleges should offer bridge courses that will be suitable to the students who belong to a diverse background. For the desired outcomes of learning, it was said by the regulator that the bridge courses in Engineering Drawing, Physics, Mathematics, etc. will be provided to students.
According to the approval access handbook that was released recently by AICTE, now the students who want to be engineers might have any of the following subjects-
- Computer Science
- Technical Vocational Subject
- Engineering Graphics
- Information Technology
- Electronic Science
- Business Studies
- Informatics Practices
The rule that has been revised states that the students who belong to general category must score at least 45% marks in the board examination of class 12 so that they can apply for being admitted in various UG courses in Engineering, whereas, the students who belong to reserved category must score at least 40% marks in the board examination of class 12 so that they can apply for being admitted in various UG courses in Engineering.
According to the regulator of technical education, the changes are made by keeping in mind the NEP (National Education Policy).