Maths not must for 1/3rd of engineering courses

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CHENNAI: Maths in Class XII is no more mandatory to apply for one-third of engineering courses, including architecture, bio-technology and fashion technology, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) announced on Tuesday.

In its new guidelines for 2022-23, the AICTE also made chemistry in Class XII optional for studying computer science, electrical engineering and electronics engineering.

Maths has been made optional for 10 out of 29 diploma/UG courses. Instead students who studied any of 14 subjects, including computer science, electronics, information technology, biology, bio-technology, technical vocational subject, agriculture, engineering graphics, informatics practices, business studies and entrepreneurship, can now pursue engineering courses.

In its 2021-22 guidelines, the AICTE had made maths and physics optional for all engineering courses, drawing widespread criticism. This year it has sought to address the concerns by limiting the courses that don’t need maths, chemistry or physics.

“As per the National Education Policy 2020, the school education system is divided into 5+3+3+4. The last four years are not going to be arts, science and commerce streams. They will be studying a liberal arts type of stream where they can take maths, physics and psychology or chemistry and computer science. It will help students join any other new programme when they complete Class 12. This window of opportunity or programme is being allowed with proper bridge courses in the first two semesters,” AICTE chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe told principals in an online meeting.