One of the most confusing and often misunderstood things in the education world is the difference between the two seemingly similar degrees: B.E or Bachelor of Engineering and B.Tech or Bachelor of Technology. There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to these courses. Many Universities provide B.E courses while Engineering Institutions seem to offer B.Tech in India. Although the curriculum for both courses seems similar, they are aimed to teach different things.
B.E is a course that focuses more on the theoretical aspect of engineering. As engineering is considered a science, B.E is aimed to teach the students about the process of engineering rather than just practical part of it. It aims to teach engineering as a science. B. Tech, on the other hand, is aimed to teach the students more of practical engineering. It treats technology as a medium to innovate in engineering. As the name suggests, the Bachelor of Technology is a course aimed to teach students to use technology to innovate and engineer new projects.
B.E and B.Tech both are structured very similarly. Both span across 4years with extension up to 6-8 years. They are divided into 8 semesters. The first four semesters concentrate mostly on the theoretical part while the next half of the courses focus much more on the practical aspect. In B.Tech, this practical aspect is pushed while B.E generally maintains an equal amount of focus on both theory and practice.
Both courses have a very similar curriculum and cover mostly the same topics. For this reason, AICTE has deemed both the courses to be the same, and hence, every employer will treat both the degrees equally. There is a common misconception that one of the courses is better than the other but this is in no way true as AICTE itself has said that both the courses are the same.
Although the employment opportunities in both the degrees are the same and depend on the college one studies in, it is important to remember that both the courses achieve different goals. Although there is a huge overlap of curriculum, they create different types of professionals. Generally, both B.E and B.Tech are given the same importance when it comes to jobs and future studies.
B.E is not to be confused as a purely theoretical study of engineering and B.Tech is not to be confused as a strictly practical degree. Both courses offer theoretical and practical knowledge. B.E offers more theoretical than practical knowledge and the reverse is true of B.Tech. It is almost compulsory for students in B.Tech to complete fieldwork or an internship by their graduation while in B.E, it is not strictly necessary. This is where the gap in practical engineering is generally seen.
As far as international opportunities go, both courses are treated the same for the jobs but, in some countries such as Australia, B.E is viewed as a more viable degree. It varies from country to country but in most of the world, both the courses are given equal importance and avail equal job opportunities. In the end, what matters is a student’s performance and to some extent, the college he/she has graduated from.