The UGC executive body has given approval to the proposal to re-implement PG scholarship to all colleges and universities for master of engineering (ME) and master of technology (MTech) for all the engineering graduates who have qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).
Dean of University of Pune’s engineering faculty, Gajanan Kharate stated that this move must have been initiated by the Supreme Court’s judgment of April 2013 that has taken away much of the regulatory powers of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), in favour of UGC. He also said the AICTE used to pay a scholarship of Rs 8,000 per month to the engineering graduates, and after the regulatory powers of AICTE taken away, the UGC has now taken a decision to re-implement the PG scholarship. Any student would however, would not be able to claim more than one scholarship.
GATE is jointly conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science, to qualify for admission to postgraduate engineering studies at these premier institutions and some central government funded institutions. A valid GATE score is essential for obtaining financial aid for master’s programs and direct doctoral programs in engineering, technology, architecture and doctoral programs in relevant branches of science in institutes supported by the HRD ministry and other government agencies. The online GATE 2014 was held between February 2 and March 2 and the results will be declared on March 28.