No More Three-year, 2nd Shift Be Courses In State | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: The three-year engineering courses offered in evening colleges of the state will be scrapped from the 2021-22 academic year.
Instead, colleges can offer regular four-year programme with lateral entry for diploma students. The move comes in the wake of an order from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
In Karnataka, a few engineering colleges like University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) and BMS College of Engineering (BMSCE) have evening programmes of three-year duration. These are open for working professionals who are diploma holders. Aspirants have to appear for an entrance exam held by Karnataka Examinations Authority.
As per AICTE norms, colleges can offer evening programmes if they want, but those have to be in the regular four-year format. Diploma students can have a lateral entry in the second year. While AICTE had released the order last year, it wasn’t implemented and students were admitted for the programme in 2020-21 academic year.
While many academicians have supported the decision, pointing out the deteriorating quality of BE degree, some aspirants are unhappy.
At UVCE, the programme started in 1971, with 60 seats each in civil, mechanical and electronics branch. Classes were held from 6pm to 9pm and on weekends. “We have merged the seats of the mechanical and electronics departments with the regular quota of the day college. The civil engineering seats have been reallotted to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning,” said R Venugopal, vice-chancellor of Bangalore University, under which UVCE comes. “Quality of learning was a concern. Students weren’t regular to class,” said a faculty member.
BMSCE has decided to offer regular four-year courses in the evenings for students who would like a second shift from this year. “ Teachers will continue to teach existing students,” said Ravishankar B, principal, BMSCE.
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