Govt yet to take call on decentralising admissions at polytechnics

Govt yet to take call on decentralising admissions at polytechnics

Decrease in enrolment worrisome

SRINAGAR: Despite repeated communications by the Directorate of Technical Education to decentralize the admission process at the polytechnic colleges in Jammu and Kashmir, the state government is yet to take a call over the matter.
Given the below par admissions for diploma courses at the colleges, the directorate had last year written to the administrative department asking it to revamp the admission policy at the institutions.
A proposal submitted by the directorate to the State Administrative Council (SAC) has blamed the “non-flexible admission policy” for the below par enrolment at the colleges over the years.
The directorate has proposed that the admission policy “needs revamping, so that the admission improves and the infrastructure in government polytechnics is optimally used and maximum students benefit out of it.”
“It would also give a flip to private polytechnics saving them from closure,” reads the memo to the SAC.
The proposed revamp primarily includes shifting the mandate of admission from BOPEE to the State Board of Technical Education (SBOTE) and individual colleges, reducing the eligibility criteria from present 40 percent to 35% marks in qualifying examination.
The directorate has argued that the present system of conducting examination was a “futile exercise as the whole infrastructure is being used to frame results for such number of seats where the number of applicants are far below the number of seats available.”
“In case the applicants are double the number of seats, the admissions shall be made through an entrance examination to be conducted by SBOTE,” it suggests.
The department has also proposed to shift the admission session for the colleges as class 10 students-potential aspirants for the polytechnic diploma courses- are either busy with their board examinations or already enrolled in class 11 at the time of filling of application forms for the courses.
An official in the Technical Education Department told Kashmir Reader that the administrative department was yet to take a call on the matter.
“Last week only, we sent a reminder to them, but nothing has come from them so far,” he added.
In-charge Secretary Technical Education, Zubair Ahmad could not be contacted.
Admissions at the polytechnic colleges (government and private) have dwindled from over 72 percent in 2014 to a little over 39 percent in the academic session 2018, as per official figures.
This year, despite extending the last date for filling the online forms for the Polytechnic Entrance Test (PET) 3 times, only 3,684 aspirants applied with the J&K Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE).