No, GATE Is Not Mandatory for Engineering Students as Exit Exam

The AICTE has issued an official notice rubbishing reports. 

Updated22 Nov 2018, 04:57 AM IST
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CLAIM

A message on social media regarding the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) has triggered people to believe that the test will soon be mandatory for engineering students in the form of an exit exam for the academic year 2019-2020, in order to get their degrees.

No, GATE Is Not Mandatory for Engineering Students as Exit Exam

The message is likely based on a New Indian Express report, published on 4 November, which claimed that the "GATE might be compulsory of engineering students as exit exam.”

No, GATE Is Not Mandatory for Engineering Students as Exit Exam

TRUE OR FALSE?

The New Indian Express report has been rubbished by R Subrahmanyam, the Secretary of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD).

In a tweet, he said:

No, GATE Is Not Mandatory for Engineering Students as Exit Exam

WHAT DID THE REPORT SAY?

Quoting a source from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the report had claimed that students pursuing a technical course in the academic year 2019-2020 might have to take the GATE as an exit exam, after a resolution to the same extent had been passed by the AICTE at a meeting.

The report had further claimed that a student would be awarded a degree in engineering only if they cleared the exam. The move was reportedly done in a bid to curb the increase in unemployed graduates and to keep a check in the quality of education in engineering institutions.

On 20 November, the AICTE issued a notice rubbishing the report, stating that no decision had been taken regarding the GATE as a mandatory exit exam.

No, GATE Is Not Mandatory for Engineering Students as Exit Exam

This is not the first time that reports of the GATE being made a mandatory exit exam have appeared. In 2017, a Hindustan Times report too had claimed the same, quoting a MHRD source stating that the move was being contemplated to make students more employable.

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Published: 22 Nov 2018, 03:36 AM IST

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