According to data provided by the department of technical education, 22,092 students were admitted against 22,928 places available. The admission rate was 84% in 2021-22, 64% in 2020-21, 71% in 2019-20 and 77% in 2018-19. While the considerable drop in 2020-21 was attributed to Covid-19, the 2021-22 figure is thought to be due to the full promotion policy in SSLC.
“Even when the pass percentage at SSLC was 100, seats were only 84% full. This year, there was a clear difference. We have registration data from 2008, when the figures were uploaded online. Since then, these are the highest admissions we have made,” said P PradeepCommissioner, Department of Technical Education.
The high enrollment rate is attributed to various factors. “We conducted a rigorous admission campaign in high schools. Working groups were set up in each polytechnic college, which visited the high schools to inform them about the polytechnic college option. There were brochures and videos about the benefits of joining a polytechnic. This was in addition to the redesign of the program, ”said the commissioner.
Aakash Sethi, CEO, Alliance Questa non-profit trust, which works in the area of the skilled sector, said there had been a huge demand in government polytechnic colleges over the past two years after the new program was implemented.
“The new program puts a lot of emphasis on skill development and gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. A lot of industry feedback seems to be incorporated into the program and students will be better prepared for employment after completing their degree program,” he said. “In fact, in the coming years, vocational education should be integrated into secondary schools. The National Education Policy, 2020 also mentions that secondary schools should collaborate with ITIs, polytechnics as well as local industry over the next decade,” he added.
A principal of a popular polytechnic in the city said that outside the countryside, the timing of admission also made a difference. “Usually admissions to polytechnics are much later. This time, admissions started as soon as the SSLC results were announced. It also helped to attract a large number of students,” he said.
“We revamped the program and made it industry-ready. Several new-age courses have been added. The infrastructure has been upgraded to smart classes. The students who leave are ready to work. All of this is in line with what NEP envisions. We are announcing a reform in the polytechnic campuses”, said the Minister of Higher Education CN Ashwtah Narayan.
“In some colleges, there are infrastructure gaps. All colleges were allowed to retain fees collected from students for development work,” Pradeep said.