Engineering colleges in Maharashtra which were finding it difficult to get candidates for degree courses have some reason to cheer now with the eligibility criteria for applicants being relaxed.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), an advisory body in all matters relating to technical education, has relaxed the basic eligibility criteria for admissions to the first year engineering course.
The minimum criteria has been brought down to 45 per cent (40 per cent for reserved category) aggregate in physics, chemistry and mathematics (PCM) group in standard XII exam, from 50 per cent in force till last year.
This follows the apex engineering body's decision to lower the bar for polytechnic admissions to 35 per cent from 50 per cent in standard X exam from any board.
"The AICTE had taken this decision a couple of days back. But it's yet to reach us formally," sources close to Director of Technical Education ( Mumbai) Subhash Mahajan said.
They said that DTE will make changes only after getting official communication in this regard.
Sources said that the last date of submission of forms is also likely to be extended if the new criterion is implemented.
They pointed out that AICTE was forced to lower the bar as demand for engineers was globally high but the field evoked a poor response from candidates. Not only were high fees a factor, but many students were also not able to fulfill even the basic criteria of getting 50 per cent in PCM group in class XII exams.