Published On: Wed, Mar 30th, 2011

Karnataka objects to AICTE’s decision of raising minimum eligibility marks

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The Karnataka government has objected to the AICTE’s decision of increasing the admission eligibility limit for engineering students. V S Acharya, Minister for Higher Education, Karnataka, has asked the HRD minister Kapil Sibal to put off the move to increase the minimum marks in class XII from 45% to 50% for B.E. aspirants. According to Acharya, this would be a ‘psychological deterrent to students’ and thus it should be delayed by two years.

The All India Council for Technical Education has revised the qualifying marks for the four-year B.E. course from 45% with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology to 50% for general-category students and from 40% to 45% for reserved-category students.

This decision by AICTE is likely to impact the preparations of several thousand plus two students alongside the intake across more than 180 engineering college students.

The state has objected to dropping Computer Science and Electronics as optional subjects too, while calculating passing marks. From 2011, only marks in II PU Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology will be considering along with physics to decide BE eligibility.

Former AICTE chairman R Natarajan opined, “The reason for revising the qualifying norms is quality of students. There could be many students interested in becoming engineers, but not competent to take the course”.

More than twenty thousand seats were vacant in engineering colleges this year.

[Source: The Times of India]