It is not going to be a cakewalk anymore for engineering students. From the academic year 2019-2020, students pursuing technical courses in any colleges across the country should take an ‘Exit Exam’ to get their degrees.
In a recent meeting, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) passed a resolution, directing all technical education institutions making Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) ‘partially’ compulsory for all engineering students before they are awarded degree certificate courses.
This move is aimed at fixing “lack of requisite skill set among engineering graduates so that they are employable”.
The ‘Exit Exam‘, experts said, will help the governing or overseeing body for all technical institutes to have a check on the quality of students. An AICTE official said, “We can check students’ aptitude, skills and out-of-the-box thinking capacity, besides their theory knowledge. In one way, we can get an overall picture the way the engineering institutes are working in the country. Once we know the status and the quality of students and the institutions, we can come up with constructive measures to improve the system at large in terms of quality education.”
This Exit Exam will be made partially compulsory for all institutions, including government and private for both Bachelor of Engineering (BE) and Bachelor of Technology (BTech) courses. Shashidhar Muniyappa, head of Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering (SVCE) Bengaluru, said, “This will help in streamlining institutions.There is disparity between private and and government universities. This process will help analyse the level of academic quality.”