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Reportedly from sources, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has nodded for lowering down the minimum +2 / II PUC percentage by 5%. Which means the eligibility criteria for engineering admissions will now be restored back to 45% for General and 40% for reserved categories. Earlier this year AICTE has hiked the eligibility norms to 50% for General & 45% for reserved classes keeping in view of quality. The decision will favor many Engineering Colleges & Students across the Country, as many as 15,000 engineering seats were left out in Karnataka Engineering Colleges, 20,000 seats were unfilled in Maharastra last year.
The decision might just help students to secure admission in Engineering Colleges, however it may have worse effect on the quality of Engineers. The unemployment rate will significantly go up with thousands of Engineering Graduates graduated every year, colleges find it difficult to offer campus placements.
Top MNC’s like Infosys, TCS keeps a standard benchmark of 60% through out the academics to sit in campus placements. This also includes percentage in +2 / II PUC level, students who just made it to the Engineering Colleges with lower cutoff marks will have to face tough battle later on.
What is your opinion ? Should AICTE emphasize on quality rather than quantity ?