Government polytechnics record 30% rise in enrolment this session - ECAS Punjab

Government polytechnics record 30% rise in enrolment this session

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Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 9

A carrot-and-stick approach to boost admissions at government polytechnics in Punjab has yielded results.

Reversing the past five-year pattern of low admissions, nearly 30 per cent increase in admissions has been recorded in the new academic session in 25 government polytechnics. At least 11 of these have logged 100 per cent enrolment during the Covid pandemic. The last date of admissions was November 30, before being extended till December 5.

On the other hand, the 226 private polytechnics have registered near 60 per cent fall in enrolment figures in the past three years. This year, only 3,000 of the total 29,936 seats in private polytechnics have been filled till November 30.

"The past trend indicated declining admissions. After issuing a general notice to all principals to make efforts for enrolling students, notices of minor punishment were issued to some of the

principals. Appreciation letters were issued to those

who managed high enrolments. This will ensure proper utilisation of infrastructure in the institutions," said Anurag Verma, Principal Secretary, Technical Education.

Sources in the department said a mechanism to evaluate academic and administrative performance of technical institutes in the state could go a long in way in improving the quality of vocational education in the state.

Of the total 5,056 sanctioned seats, 4,451 have already been filled to date. Of these, 62 per cent are SC students enrolled under the state-run SC scholarship scheme.

On the other hand, Dr Anshu Kataria, chief, Punjab Unaided Colleges' Association, said the fall in admissions was due to the pandemic and the ongoing farmers' agitation. "On the pattern of the AICTE notification to extend the last date of admission till December 31 due to Covid, we've demanded that Punjab should also extend the last date of admission."

from The Tribune

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