Vikash Sharma

The All India Council For Technical Education (AICTE) has issued a circular on the admissions of B.Tech students in other engineering branches.

In a letter to the Vice-Chancellors of Technical Universities and Principals/Directors of approved institutions, the AICTE has explained that it has been receiving requests from students regarding admission into B.Tech as an additional degree through lateral entry than the one already acquired.

According to AICTE, such proposal was placed before the Executive Committee in its l44th meeting held on July 13, 2021.

The Executive Committee opined that technical universities can facilitate such students to take admission into B.Tech /B.E by allowing them to get admission at appropriate level of B.Tech programme in another discipline/branch of engineering.

“The Executive Committee approved the exemption from pursuing courses already done in the first discipline of B.Tech. Programme and such students be appropriately guided to complete other requirements of the second discipline,” the AICTE circular read.

As there is a practical component involved, students will be required to take admission in an institution/college as regulars. The concerned university will ensure this and make the necessary provision in their statutes accordingly.

The Executive Committee had further approved the duration for completing additional degree within 2 years to 3 years without compromising on the credit requirements in core discipline and attainment of learning outcomes of the new programme.

“In view of the above, you may make necessary changes in your statute and take appropriate decision in this regard,” AICTE’s letter read.