Studying physics, chemistry, and maths in class 12 is no longer mandatory for admission to architecture, according to the prospectus for 2022-23 released by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on Tuesday. Fashion technology and packaging technology are the other two courses that will not mandatorily require PCM subjects in class 12.
“We had constituted an expert committee to make recommendations on admissions for which courses PCM can be made optional. On basis of the panel’s recommendations, three courses have been chosen,” a senior AICTE official said.
Computer science, electronics, information technology, biology, informatics practices, biotechnology, technical vocational subject, agriculture, engineering graphics, business studies, and entrepreneurship are the subjects that are eligible for admission in the three courses other than physics, chemistry, and maths.
In a new addition, the council has made arrangements this year for extra seats for “gifted and talented” understudies in institutions approved by it.
“Two supernumerary seats shall be accorded by the AICTE in its approved institutions for empowering gifted and talented students to seek admissions against these seats, which will provide a motivating and unique opportunity for such students in line with NEP (National Education Policy) recommendations,” the handbook said. “The AICTE shall devise norms for selection of gifted and talented students under supernumerary quota and final admission shall be approved by the AICTE,” it added.