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AICTE mulls changing eligibility criteria for engineering aspirants

mumbai Updated: Nov 04, 2016 00:25 IST
Shreya Bhandary
Shreya Bhandary
Hindustan Times
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The eligibility criteria originally stood at 50% aggregate in physics, chemistry and mathematics until 2010 and was brought down to 45% in 2011 by AICTE as a response to the high number of engineering seats that were not occupied that year. (HT file photo for representation only)

The eligibility criteria for engineering aspirants may see changes from the next academic year, especially since 35-50% seats lay vacant in institutes across the country this year.

Following a meeting held by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), suggestions have been invited from state heads to help bridge the gap between available seats and the demand for the same.

“Almost 45% seats have gone vacant in Maharashtra institutes this year, which means almost one in two seats had no takers. The number of vacant seats has been increasing for the past five years and this is not a healthy trend,” said Dayanand Meshram, joint director, Directorate of Technical Education (DTE).

The meeting with AICTE officials was held couple of weeks ago, and representatives from all states were asked to send their suggestions to bridge this growing gap. “Various suggestions were put forward, one of which was to bring about a change in the eligibility criteria. While some states called to increase the criteria from minimum 45% in Class 12 exam to 50%, a few others also wanted the minimum percentage be brought down to accommodate more students,” added Meshram.

The eligibility criteria originally stood at 50% aggregate in physics, chemistry and mathematics until 2010 and was brought down to 45% in 2011 by AICTE as a response to the high number of engineering seats that were not occupied that year. “The changes were made to accommodate more students as many were not managing to score 50% in Class 12 exams. But lowering this score further will only bring down the quality of students who enter engineering colleges,” said an official from a city based engineering institute.

This year, 2.62 lakh engineering aspirants had appeared for the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) and all were eligible for admissions. However, after several rounds of admission, 64,408 seats out of 1.43 lakh still remain vacant. “Instead of simply lowering the eligibility criteria, the government should also focus on controlling the number of institutes offering engineering courses and the seats they offer. We have suggested that no institute should not be allowed to have more than 420 seats in first year engineering, we are yet to hear the final decision of AICTE,” added Meshram.

The final word on eligibility criteria will be released either by the last week of November by the first week of December, said senior AICTE officials.

BOX:

First year engineering figures in Maharashtra:-

Year---------------------Intake--------------------Vacancy

2009-2010-----------87,646------------------------0.79%

2010-2011-----------1.14 lakh----------------------18.24%

2011-2012-----------1.34 lakh--------------------22.92%

2012-2013-----------1.48 lakh----------------------28.05%

2013-2014-----------1.54 lakh---------------------33.84%

2014-2015-----------1.54 lakh--------------------44.30%

2015-2016-----------1.53 lakh--------------------42%

2016-2017-----------1.43 lakh--------------------44.78%