GATE is an all-India examination that is conducted and administered by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology. In the present competitive scenario, where there is mushrooming of universities and engineering colleges, the only way to measure and test the capability of engineering students is the GATE.
GATE exams are now mandatory for passing out of engineering institutes. Usually it is conducted for admissions to PG. courses. This exam will be mandatory for students in their final year of B. Tech. The employment of the students depend on the scores obtained in the exam. It is planned to be implemented in both government and private engineering schools in India and the scores will be shared with the employers. It is being noted that only 20 – 30% of the engineering students get job hence these exams will make the students acquire the necessary skills to make them job ready. With growing questions on the credibility of engineers passing out of engineering colleges in India every year, this exam will test their attainment levels.
It is also found that few average students who think of high standards could not make it to GATE coaching in kerala. Once they miss it they lose hope and get into a below standard jobs because of social and financial concerns they have to face. Finally the students end up not realizing the dream that they had dreamt off while joining Engineering studies.
Some of the colleges like IITs and NITs demand a minimum percentage of about 60% in B.Tech degree as a criteria to admission apart from the GATE scores.
While for private colleges, it may or may not matter s it depends on the college itself as it is a self- regulatory authority.
Safest percentage would be 60% which is minimum required percentage for joining M.Tech program except SC/ST who need 55% only.
We can find thousands of engineering institutes across the country and each institute uses different tools and techniques to teach and test the skill of students. To test the students attainment level GATE examination has to be made mandatory for all students passing out of various engineering colleges to assess standards of education in each institution.
This exam will be a method of testing the skills, aptitude, critical thinking of the students.
It will give a feedback on the standards & teaching methodology of engineering institutes in India
It will help in coming out with remedial measures for the betterment of the education quality in each of the institutes. The AICTU will be announcing the new syllabus for the students by January. From the next academic session the students taking admission to engineering courses would have to undergo compulsory three-week orientation programme. The orientation programme in the new syllabus will make the students aware of the basic concepts of engineering and Basic English language skills. Similarly, the orientation programme will also reduce inferiority complex among the students. The three-week orientation would be focussing on varied areas such as the interaction between students and teachers, exchange of ideas between teachers and students, motivating students to take part in cultural and physical activities.