BTech or BE – What is the difference ?


A common query among students planning to do their graduation in engineering is Btech or BE ? The difference between the two, which is better etc.,?

Most of you will find rather unconvincing answers from your fellow peers, because just like you, even they have limited knowledge on this.

To understand this better, let us see how these degrees came in to existence.

Initially, there were two sets of Institutions that offered graduation degrees after India’s Independence – One set was termed as Universities, which offered bachelor’s degree certification in diffferent disciplines – Science, Arts, Engineering etc., thus B.Sc, B.A. and B.E came in to being.

In the second set, the institutions, known as ‘Autonomous Institutions’, offered technology based bachelor’s degree certification. Thus, An Engineering degree from here was known as Bachelor’s Degree in Technology or BTech.

The prime difference here, in terms of study, was the technology based certification emphasised more on practical application, while the general certification emphased more on theoretical study.

However, in the current scenario, the institutions that offers BTech or BE, but going for AICTE approved courses, the name of degree doesn’t make any difference viz., as the curriculum of AICTE is standard all across.

Further, in many Universities that got converted to Technology Institutes, the BE degree has changed to B.Tech, but the curriculum more or less remained unchanged.

Hence, there is hardly any marked difference, except when one considers the ranking of the institutes, as the highest ranked institutes like the IITs have proven track record of producing the best engineers in the country.

In short, The best option is, whether B Tech or BE, to try and get admission in higher ranked institutes and one which imparts industrial training, as nothing is compared better than hands-on training.

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