Engineering graduates, who have qualified the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), can now avail of a vital scholarship from the University Grants Commission (UGC) to pursue their postgraduate (PG) studies.
The UGC executive body, which met on February 27, has approved a proposal to re-implement the PG scholarship in all universities and colleges for master of engineering (ME) and master of technology (MTech) courses for the GATE-qualified candidates.
Further, the committee announced that a decision regarding similar PG scholarship for other courses will be taken soon details of which are available on the official website of UGC.
The decision is upto the Supreme Court to get confirmed. Dean of University of Pune’s engineering faculty, Gajanan Kharate, told TOI, “The move may have been spurred by the Supreme Court judgment of April 2013 that has taken away much of the regulatory powers of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), in favour of the UGC.”
GATE-qualified postgraduate engineering students were receiving a scholarship of Rs 8,000 per month from the AICTE.
The UGC may even have decided to re-implement the scholarship scheme for ME/M.Tech due to the change in the regulatory powers.
The GATE, which is jointly conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science, is the qualifying exam for admission to postgraduate engineering studies at these premier institutions and some central government-funded institutions. “Over 80 per cent of the GATE-qualified students go to these premier institutions while the remaining go to the leading private engineering colleges,” Kharate said.
A valid GATE score is essential for obtaining financial aid for master’s programs and direct doctoral programs in engineering, technology, architecture and doctoral programs in relevant branches of science in institutes supported by the HRD ministry and other government agencies.
- Last year, a total of 9,84,855 candidates appeared for ‘GATE 2013’ and 1,36,699 of them qualified the exam. The success rate was 13.88%.
- Of the qualified candidates, 39.75% were women and 60.25% were men.
The online ‘GATE 2014’ was held between February 2 and March 2. The results are to be declared on March 28.