The Gujarat government has now allowed admissions to 15 undergraduate engineering courses for students who cleared Class 12 with Biology as the main subject.
The change in the admission criteria has been adopted in order to implement the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. Among first of the states to implement All India Council for Technical Education’s (AICTE’s) recommendations as part of its approval process handbook 2021-22, Gujarat has opened a total of 1,291 seats– 955 state quota and 336 management quota — across 15 engineering branches to Class 12 biology students from the academic session 2021-22.
The decision has already garnered an encouraging response as nearly 1,700 registrations from students with Biology as the main subject, against 955 seats opened for centralised admissions have been recorded at the Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) as on Thursday.
The merit list for degree engineering admissions that was scheduled to be declared on September 1 has been changed to September 6 and degree pharmacy courses to September 10.
Director of Technical Education G T Pandya stated that since NEP 2020 allows multi-disciplinary admission to students, students with Biology as the main subject in Class 12 are given an opportunity to study these 15 engineering branches.
The undergraduate engineering courses offered to Biology students are in the fields of biomedical, rubber, textile technology, computer science and biosciences, food processing, dairy agriculture, nanotechnology among others at Government Engineering College Gandhinagar, Faculty of Technology and Engineering (MSU) Vadodara, Ganpat University Mehsana in addition to LD College of Engineering and Parul University Waghodia.
The Principal Secretary of Education S J Haider said that the AICTE has recommended several initiatives in view of NEP leaving open to the states to implement these. The state government has decided to implement these in phases.
Prof Navin Sheth, Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat Technological University (GTU) who headed the committee that was constituted by the state government especially for analysis and implementation of AICTE’s proposal to allow non Mathematics students in engineering stated that while only 15 branches have been opened this year, from next academic session all engineering branches will allow admissions to students without Mathematics as a subject in Class 12.