The new eligibility criteria introduced by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which has increased the minimum marks to be obtained by the students in the qualifying exam from this academic year to become eligible to join engineering degree courses has raised many questions among the aspirants as well as among the College
management authorities.As the new rule may left 10000 to 15000 seats vacant for engineering
According to the new norm, students under the general category across the country need to score a minimum of 50 per cent in the qualifying exam, Standard XII exam, instead of 45 per cent. Students belonging to Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes will have to secure 45 per cent marks instead of 40 per cent.
The last year statistics reads that nearly 10,000 students, who secured marks between 40 per cent and 50 per cent in the qualifying exam held in 2010, had become eligible to join engineering courses. About, 7,802 students belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes, who had scored more than 40 per cent in 2010, had become eligible to join engineering courses. Of these 1,890 had joined engineering courses.
The State government has urged the AICTE that the decision to increase the minimum marks for eligibility was unilateral, without taking into consideration the local needs. With this the students hailing from rural areas may lose an opportunity to join engineering courses. But the State has not much option left but to follow the AICTE norms as it applies for all engineering colleges across the country.
The debate here is many students who had secured 40-50 percent marks have done well in their degree exams. Also, the body is approving new engineering Colleges in the state thereby increasing the number of seats, so why AICTE wants to impose such norms? Will such norms be able to generate quality engineering graduate?