The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had announced through an official notification on Friday that mathematics, physics, and chemistry subjects would not be compulsory in the twelfth for engineering studies. But now AICTE has taken a U-turn on this, saying that Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry are important subjects for engineering.
In the press conference, AICTE chairperson Anil Sahasrabuddhe said that for streams like biotechnology, textile, or agriculture engineering, there would be an option not to study these subjects in class XII. At the same time, physics, chemistry, and mathematics will continue to be important subjects for streams like mechanical engineering.
Now AICTE has left the decision to universities and engineering institutes. The senior officer said in a statement to The Indian Express that it is a golden opportunity for students who want to study engineering and did not study Physics or Mathematics (or both) in classes 11 and 12.
“As an example, PCB (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) students at school often face problems in enrolling in a biotechnology program. This is because our old APH has made the study of Mathematics compulsory in high school. Under the new norms, if universities or institutes allow it, a student studying PCB may be admitted to biotechnology.”
He said, if any new criteria and 14 subjects mentioned in the AICTE handbook (Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics, Information Technology, Biology, Informatics Practice, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subjects, Engineering Graphics, Professional Studies, And entrepreneurship), he can be enrolled in engineering courses. However, the final decision will still be in the hands of the college or institution. The new APH also states that institutions and universities can also offer “bridge courses” to help students.