AICTE Eases Norms for Engineering Colleges to Boost Admissions
- On April 24, 2023
The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has announced new measures to boost admissions in core engineering courses, including civil, mechanical, and electrical. In a virtual interaction with stakeholders, AICTE chairperson T.G. Sitharam said that the council will now allow students pursuing these programmes also to pursue a minor degree in any emerging area. The move is aimed at providing greater flexibility to students, making them more job-ready and employable.
In recent years, there has been a growing concern over the declining popularity of core engineering courses. As a response to this trend, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had previously instructed all affiliated engineering colleges to take measures to promote these courses. Such measures included arranging interactions with industry experts, introducing mandatory internships, and providing practical, hands-on experience to students.
AICTE to Discuss Change with Industry Experts
AICTE has decided to hold discussions with industry experts to gain a better understanding of the skills and knowledge that are currently in high demand in the job market and to identify any gaps or areas where technical education programs could be enhanced. This engagement with industry experts is expected to help AICTE stay on top of emerging trends and ensure that its programs remain relevant and responsive to the needs of the industry.
Minor Degree Option in Emerging Areas
Previously, AICTE had introduced the concept of a minor degree to make students ready to work in the industry. However, not all minor courses were open for core engineering students. Under the new rules, all minor courses will now be open for all engineering disciplines, allowing civil engineering students, for instance, to minor in Information Technology (IT).
Some of the emerging areas that are suitable for minor degrees include Electric Vehicles, Data Science, Web 3.0, UI/UX, Digital Marketing, Business Analytics etc. By allowing students to pursue a minor degree in emerging areas, the AICTE aims to make them more employable and job-ready, while also promoting core engineering courses. The move will also help students pursue their fields of interest and acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to work in the industry.
Some of the advantages of pursuing a minor degree in an emerging area include,
1. Enhanced Skill Set
A minor degree in an emerging area can provide students with specialized knowledge and skills that complement their major field of study. This can make them more marketable to employers and increase their career opportunities.
2. Competitive Advantage
With more and more students entering the workforce with similar degrees, having a minor degree in an emerging area can provide a competitive advantage by setting them apart from other candidates and demonstrating their commitment to continuous learning.
A minor degree in an emerging area can broaden students' knowledge base and enable them to explore new areas of interest outside of their major field of study.
4. Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Pursuing a minor degree in an emerging area can provide opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and networking with professionals in related fields, which can lead to new and innovative ideas and projects.
Overall, AICTE’s new measures are aimed at boosting admissions in core engineering courses and making students more employable, job-ready, and skilled. The council’s decision to introduce flexibility in core engineering courses is a step in the right direction, and it is anticipated that this move will encourage more students to pursue these courses and help India become a global leader in technology.