Looking at the millions of vacant engineering seats in the year 2019, AICTE decided that Chemistry will no longer be a mandatory subject for taking admission in BE and B.Tech courses. Those of you who do’nt know let me tell you that till now a student had to show three mandatory subjects in his Higher Education Certificate which included Physics, Maths and Chemistry to get admission in BE and B.Tech courses in India. However, now AICTE has issued an order that Chemistry will not be a mandatory subject for taking admission in BE and B.Tech courses from the next session.
That is, from the next session, students can take admission in BE and B.Tech courses by choosing any optional subject other than Physics and Maths in class XII. At the same time, these optional subjects include Chemistry, Biotechnology, Information practice, Agriculture, Engineering Graphic and Business studies.
In this regard, AICTE has sent notifications to all AICTE Affiliated Colleges. Talking about AICTE Affiliated Colleges, some colleges take admission on the basis of JEE (Main) score card, while other take admission via their own state level test.
There are about 4 lakh engineering colleges in India, including about 2.4 million engineering seats. Out of these seats, 14 lakh is for undergraduate program, 11 lakh for diploma and 1.8 lakh for post graduate. Only 14 lakh seats were filled in these 24 lakh seats last year, due to which AICTE has banned any new engineering colleges for the next two years.
However, now that the engineering seats are not left empty in this way, AICTE has removed the chemistry from the mandatory subject for taking admission in BE and B.Tech courses.