All polytechnics reserve two places under PM CARES for children orphaned due to Covid | Latest India News

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NEW DELHI: Polytechnics affiliated to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will be required to reserve two places in each course from the next academic session 2022-23 for candidates orphaned by Covid-19 who are covered by the assistance to Prime Minister’s Citizens and Emergency Relief Fund (PM CARES), the technical education regulator said.

The new clause was added to AICTE’s revised Approval Process Standards for 2022-23 which were released on Tuesday. In May last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a support package under the fund for children orphaned by Covid-19.

Reserving two places per course will not affect other applicants, as institutes may increase their sanctioned admission capacity accordingly. There are 4,302 children benefiting from the Prime Minister’s scheme as of March 16, not all of whom would opt for technical education.

“Those children who receive a PM CARES certificate will be eligible for admission to polytechnic institutions under the supernumerary quota,” said AICTE’s new approval process booklet.

Polytechnics offer degrees in a variety of industrial arts, applied sciences, or technical subjects. There are approximately 3,591 accredited polytechnics in the country.

The program covers all children under the age of 18 who have lost both parents, a surviving parent, a legal guardian or an adoptive parent to Covid-19 between March 3, 2020, the date on which the World Health Organization health declared a pandemic, and on February 28, 2022.

The provision will remain valid until pandemic orphans reach the age to attend polytechnic courses, AICTE President Anil Sahasrabuddhe said.

“Some children orphaned due to Covid-19 are infants, some may be in pre-primary or primary grades,” he said. “Until these children complete Grade 10 and become eligible for admission to polytechnics, this provision will continue.”

The council has also released the framework for multiple entry and exit options during the four-year BTech programs in line with the National Education Policy 2020.

Students who leave after completing one year will receive an undergraduate certificate, an undergraduate diploma if they leave after two years, a bachelor’s degree in vocational education after three years or a BTech or BE diploma after four years, said the regulator.

AICTE has also decided to reserve two additional places in all approved institutes for “gifted and talented” students.

“There are a lot of students who are extraordinarily innovative from an early age. Some of them create or even patent products. They may not be interested in textbook knowledge and therefore they may be able to do well in exams and entrance tests,” Sahasrabuddhe said. These children should also have a chance. AICTE will develop standards for the selection of these children.

‘Maths, physics and chemistry not compulsory for 3 engineering courses’

According to revised approval standards published by AICTE on Tuesday, it is no longer compulsory to study physics, chemistry and mathematics in class 12 for admission to three engineering courses – architecture, fashion and packaging technology.

AICTE announced last year that it may remove the mandatory math, physics and chemistry requirement for some engineering programs. However, the exception was made for the above three disciplines only this year.

According to the guidelines, colleges can select three subjects from the 14 choices offered by AICTE for admission to these three programs. These courses are Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics/IT, Biology, Computer Practices, Biotechnology, Technical Vocational Subject, Agriculture, Graphic Engineering , business studies and entrepreneurship.

“The decision was made on the recommendation of a committee. It has been found that physics, chemistry and mathematics cannot be the absolute requirement for admission to these courses. Therefore, AICTE has decided to give a wider range of subject choices to colleges for admission to these three courses,” a senior AICTE official said.


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