AICTE allows lateral entry of BTech students in other branches of engineering

The AICTE committee approved the duration for completing BTech as an additional degree to be 2 years to 3 years. Check circular here.

AICTE allows lateral entry of BTech students in other branches of engineering
Anu Parthiban | Aug 13, 2021 - 12:11 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: In a major announcement, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has allowed the students to take admission in other branches of engineering through lateral entry.

In a letter addressed to all Vice Chancellors of technical universities, directors/ principals of AICTE approved institutions, the AICTE said that it has been receiving requests from students regarding admission in BTech as an additional degree through lateral entry than the one already acquired.

Such a proposal was placed before the AICTE executive committee in its 144th meeting held on July 13, 2021.

The executive committee opined that technical universities can facilitate such students to take admission to BTech/ BE by allowing them to get admission at appropriate level of BTech programme in another discipline/branch of engineering.

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

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

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

In the circular dated August 9, 2021, the AICTE also asked institutions to make necessary changes in their statute and take appropriate decisions in this regard.

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