Govt revamps admissions in Polytechnic Colleges

Govt revamps admissions in Polytechnic Colleges

Srinagar: In a significant development, the Polytechnic Colleges in Jammu and Kashmir have seen a ‘major revamp’ in the admission process after the Board of Technical Education (BOTE) was entrusted to carry out the admission process here.

An official told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) “Earlier the admissions in polytechnic colleges were done through BOPEE but the department in 2020 took up the matter with administrative council after which the BOTE was entrusted to do the admission in these institutes,” adding that the decision proved fruitful for the department as the institutes across J&K are witnessing goo student response.

Besides improvement in admissions, the department has also conducted 15-20 placement fairs at government Polytechnic institutes and ITIs wherein nearly 5000 candidates have got jobs till date.

“We have also developed Entrepreneurship Development Cells in all the Polytechnics of J&K wherein students are assisted in setting up their enterprises and requisite training are provided through Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI),” the official said.

Notably, the Directorate of Technical Education J&K earlier had submitted a proposal to the government to introduce an open admission system for aspiring candidates for diploma courses in the polytechnic colleges established across J&K.

The proposal was submitted to “revamp the admission policy” after witnessing “considerable decrease” in the enrollment of the students in these institutes before 2020.

The proposal submitted by the then director technical education recommended suspension of admission process BOPEE.

Notably, the enrollment in polytechnic colleges has receded from 72 percent in 2014 and 35 percent in 2018.

“But the situation has considerably improved in polytechnic colleges as almost over 90 percent seats are filled in these institutes,” the official said.

Besides the admission process conducted by BOTE, the left-out seats are filled by the concerned Principals of the polytechnic colleges.

“The joint efforts by JKBOTE and the concerned Principals of polytechnic colleges have borne good fruits,” the official said—(KNO)

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