All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has put to rest all the speculations that were making rounds on social media as well as on print media regarding the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). Due to the fake news making rounds on the Internet, engineering students started believing that GATE will soon be made mandatory for engineering students as an exit exam for the academic year 2019-20, to get their B.Tech degrees.
The various social media reports claim that engineering students pursuing their B.Tech would be awarded a degree only if they clear the GATE. Reportedly, this rumour was spread to curb the rise in unemployed engineering graduates, and to improve the quality of education provided in private engineering institutions.
However, an official notification issued by AICTE on 20 November rubbished all these fake social media and print media reports. According to AICTE notification, no decision had been taken regarding the GATE as a mandatory exit exam.