Nagpur : Showing deep concern over the dwindling number of admissions to the diploma courses run at Government Polytechnics in Maharashtra, the Director of Technical Education Dr Abhay Wagh has initiated a workshop to be held at Mumbai. Principals, Heads of the Departments of Government Polytechnic will have to attend the workshop wherein Dr Wagh would address and guide all on what could be done to increase admissions in Government Polytechnics.
Right now, there are 42 Government Polytechnics having a total intake of 18,030 and 13,233 students are admitted while 4,797 seats remained vacant. There are 16 Government-aided institutes with total intake of 3,570. Number of students admitted are 2,712 and 858 seats remained vacant. Department of Technical Education (DTE) is conducting admissions to first year and direct second year Diploma courses of Engineering, Pharmacy, Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Surface Coating Technology through Centralised Admission Process. Before four years Polytechnics saw a quite rush of students taking admissions. But in last four years the number has gone down, the reason of which unknown to everybody. Last year such was the picture that private polytechnic institutes invited students for the admissions and negotiated fees also. “I did study the aspect of decreasing number of admissions when I was Director of Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE) and brought some changes in the courses. Students when take admissions to any professional course they have jobs in their mind.
They ask one question to themselves whether the course would fetch a good job to them. There is a lot of talk about the employability factor for which we are contemplating to involve industrialists in our initiative to increase admissions,” explained Dr Abhay Wagh. According to Dr Wagh, counseling of parents and students can play an important role. “Many times students and parents both are confused about opting Diploma courses.
There’s need to tell them that there was ample job opportunities for Diploma students. These days, industrialists are more inclined to employ Diploma holders but the awareness about it is lacking. In the meeting we will be discussing on whether moulding courses as per the industry needs would help in attracting students. This workshop would surely need to get more admissions this year, I am confident,” said Dr Wagh.