AICTE: Mathematics & Physics not mandatory for Engineering Aspirants

All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has released the approval process handbook for academic year 2021-22.


The AICTE Handbook highlights that; Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics will continue to  be important subjects for core streams of engineering such as mechanical engineering. However, for streams such as Textile Engineering, Agriculture or Biotechnology, students will be given an option of not studying these three subjects in class 12th. Those who does not opt for these subjects will have to make up through bridge courses in college.

What does the rule say?

The rule is all set to be implemented from the academic year 2021-22. As per the rule, the students who are seeking admission to certain engineering courses like Textile engineering etc will have to pass 10+2 by taking any of the three subjects out of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Electronics & IT, Computer science, Technical Vocational Subject, Information practices, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Engineering and Business studies. The new rule also mandates that, the unreserved category students will have to score 45% marks and the reserved category should score 40% marks in order to pass the class 12th level.

Alternatives suggested

Since, Maths, physics and Chemistry will not be compulsory for students of class 12 to opt for streams like Textile engineering, Agriculture or Biotechnology. So, the AICTE have suggested to introduction a bridge courses in maths and physics in the engineering colleges in order to strengthen base of these subjects in initial semesters for the students coming from diverse backgrounds.

All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)

AICTE is a statutory body and a national-level council for the technical education. It works under the Department of Higher Education. The council was set up in the month of November 1945. It was earlier an advisory body. The council was given the statutory status in the year 1987 by an Act of Parliament.


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