The All Council for Technical Education has published its guide for the 2021-2022 approval process. According to the AICTE textbook, the admissions criteria for UG endorsements have been changed, according to which 12th grade mathematics and physics are not required for aspiring engineers.
Mathematics and Physics students in class 12 must be admitted to the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E / B.Tech). Students can now choose from three subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Computer Science, Electronics, Computer Science, Information, Practice, Vocational Technical, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Business Administration, Graphic Engineering, and Entrepreneurship.
According to the passing manual, students must select three subjects from the list above. Students in the unreserved category must have a minimum of 45 percentage points, and students in the reserved category must have 40 percentage points to pass grade 12. Students also receive a bridge course in mathematics, physics, and engineering at universities in the United States.
The new changes in AICTE have already been criticized, as grade 12 mathematics is considered the foundation of engineering. The bridge course cannot replace grade 12. Mathematics is considered the only remedial course and the engineering program includes mathematics through the fifth semester.
The president of AICTE said that this is not optional but that technical opinions have been broadened for the engineering discipline. There will also be different compulsory courses for different disciplines. According to Esport, various courses such as data science and artificial intelligence will require a high level of mathematical understanding, so AICTE should reconsider the changes to the 2021-22 Approval Process Manual.