New Delhi, August 5: From 2020, a new paper Biomedical Engineering (BM) is introduced in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). A statement from IIT Madras, the organizing IIT of GATE last time, said that undergraduate syllabus of Biomedical Engineering among several universities is likely to be unified with this, along with help in the stimulation of the growth of BME research and product development in the country.
GATE to be conducted in more than 20 subjects
To be held in over twenty subjects, GATE 2020 will be distributed over February 1, 2, 8 and 9 next year. The national level engineering entrance exam will be conducted by IIT Delhi in different cities across India, as well as, in six cities outside India. It will be a Computer Based Test (CBT). The curriculum for the new GATE paper can be found at http://gate.iitd.ac.in/syllabi.php.
Discussion of challenges faced by BME graduates
In a recent meeting held at IIT Madras that was organised by Biomedical Engineering Group of Applied Mechanics Department, IIT Madras, along with representatives from several other IITs, the challenges of BME graduates in the country were discussed. The meeting was chaired by Prof. V. Jagadeesh Kumar, Dean (Academic Courses), IIT Madras, and co-chaired by Prof. Neelesh Vasa, who was the GATE Chairman last year.
It was decided to propose a new GATE paper for BME to solve some of the issues after analysing the matter.
GATE is the gateway for prestigious higher education institutions as well as for taking entry into government institutions such as Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Laboratories, and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Centers in India besides a few educational institutes abroad.
“This is a boon for everyone working in healthcare in India. This has potential to make the Biomedical Engineering as the most sought-out program in India as in other parts of the world,” Prof. M. Manivannan, Biomedical Engineering Group, Department of Applied Mechanics, IIT Madras, said while explaining the importance of this new GATE paper in Biomedical Engineering.
“Although IIT Madras organized this meeting, credit goes to all sister IITs that participated in the consultation, without which the new GATE paper would not be possible at all. This is a team effort,” Prof. M. Manivannan as the organizer of the meeting.
Until now, Biomedical Engineering graduates could appear for two papers in GATE which were closer to BME curriculum- IN (Instrumentation and Engineering), and EC (Electronics and Communication Engineering).