While Maharashtra has received the go-ahead to set up 11 new polytechnic colleges under the public private partnership (PPP) mode,officials from the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) said the implementation will get delayed considerably as there are no clear-cut guidelines available. The new institutes are likely to be operational from next year only.
Accordingly,the state has asked the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to issue specific guidelines with respect to location of such institutes,courses to be offered,admission procedures,administrative/financial structures and roles of the various stakeholders (state,industry) involved,among others.
Under a new scheme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) 300 polytechnics will be set up across the country through the AICTE.
It is aimed at giving a boost to skill development education and addressing emerging skill requirements of various states.
We are facing problems as the current project details are not sufficient. The AICTE needs to modify the guidelines and spell out the specifics. We are in touch with the AICTE.
The actual implementation can start only after we receive the new and detailed norms, a DTE official said. Subsequently,even the areas where the polytechnics will come up in the state,are yet to decided.
Under the scheme,while MHRD will provide Rs 3 crore to the state governments on the recommendation of AICTE,Rs 2 crore will have to be provided by the state.
Further,Rs 10 crore will have to deposited by the private partner for construction of building,equipment and running of the polytechnic.
While the DTE had invited proposals in December 2011,it received 32 applications,of which 21 were recommended to the AICTE.
We have received sanctions to start 11 polytechnics under the PPP model and others are in the pipeline. However,the polytechnics are likely to start from 2013 only, said DTE director S K Mahajan.
At present,the broad guidelines say that while admissions will be made by the state governments,based on the procedure being followed in the respective states,the fees will be decided by the state in consultation institute management committee.