After Chemistry, AICTE makes Physics and Mathematics optional for engineering courses

AICTE Chairperson Anil Sahasrabudhe said that revised regulations are in line with the New Education Policy (NEP) and should give more flexibility to the students
After Chemistry, AICTE makes Physics and Mathematics optional for engineering courses
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With the latest change made to Engineering admissions, aspirants will have to worry less about their subjects. In a major change to the education system, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has made Physics and Mathematics optional for class 12 students seeking admission for BTech and BE courses.

The AICTE released new regulations that suggest that Physics and Math are optional for students seeking admission for BTech and BE courses. The Council had already removed Chemistry from the mandatory list in 2020. However, the body reiterated that Physics and Mathematics are still essential for subjects like Mechanical Engineering.

AICTE Chairperson Anil Sahasrabudhe said that revised regulations in line with the New Education Policy (NEP). “This should give children more flexibility to choose their subjects. For streams like textile engineering, agriculture or biotechnology, the students will have an option of not studying the three subjects compulsorily in class 12,” Sahasrabudhe said. He had explained that Biology would be more important to Biotechnology than subjects like Physics or Maths, and thus making the changes to accommodate such nuances was essential.

The AICTE has said that among 14 subjects, the students can choose three and must achieve at least 45% to qualify. The list includes Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics, Information Technology, Biology, Informatics Practices, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Technical Vocational Subject, Engineering Graphics, Business Studies and Entrepreneurship.

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