GATE mandatory for engineering students from 2019-20

GATE – Writing Exit Examination and clearing it will become mandatory for those students who study technical courses across the country from the academic year 2019-20, citing a resolution passed by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), IE reported. The AICTE resolution states that the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for engineering graduates is mandatory in all institutions of technical education in India.

Given the rise in the number of unemployed graduates even after graduation, Council has made the clearance of Exit compulsory. What is more, for students who have completed their engineering course, the degree certificate will be issued only after they clear GATE, quoting the Council, the report said.

An official source at the Council was quoted as saying by the report, “The degree certificate will be issued to students only after they pass the exit examination.” As per the report, 700,000 graduates graduate from 3,000 odd engineering colleges across India each year.

Prof Jagannath Reddy, Registrar, Visvesvaraya Technological University was quoted as saying by the report, “We have yet to receive communication about it. Once we are notified, an official circular at the university level will be issued.”

Mixed Reactions

However, the AICTE move has elicited mixed reactions. While some faculty members welcomed it, nevertheless some said it would be of no use. The student community is not happy with the decision.

“This is a good move, and I hope this will increase the chances of engineering graduates getting employment,” said a principal of a private engineering college in the city. Dr Manjunatha B, Principal of New Horizon College of Engineering, said, “It depends on individual skill, and instead of conducting an exit exam, it is better for colleges to conduct an aptitude test, a technology test or communication skills test at least once each semester.”

Another principal felt that this might affect the students who have already got placed. “What if a student who gets placed fails to clear the exit exam? The company will not take him in without a degree certificate, and now the AICTE is saying that there won’t be any degree certificate unless they clear GATE,” said the principal.

Students find this step unnecessary. “If some student is not finding a job even after completing the course, then that becomes the individual problem and not a general one. I don’t understand why the AICTE is generalising this,” questions a student.

Meanwhile, there is no clarity if the exit exam will be conducted on a national level by AICTE or by the technical universities of the states or by the colleges themselves. Colleges and universities are yet to be officially notified about it, added the report.