To meet the growing demand for the vocational courses,the Directorate of Technical Education,Chandigarh,has proposed a new Polytechnic for Tricity. A Detail Project Report (DPR) is being prepared by the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) Chandigarh. The land has been identified and modalities are been worked out. As soon as the funds are granted and other formalities are done we will start work,said Gurpreet Kaur Sapra ,director (technical education),Chandigarh.
The courses that are proposed for the new polytechnic are mechanical engineering with specialisation in automobiles,mechanical engineering with specialisation in refrigeration and air conditioners,civil engineering with specialisation in construction technology,electrical and power engineering and engineering in electronics,communication and instrumentation.
Currently there are two polytechnics and two ITIs in the city: Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology; the Government Polytechnic for Women,Chandigarh; Government Industrial Training Institute,Chandigarh; and Chandigarh Industrial Training Institute for Women,Chandigarh.
Talking to the Newsline,Namita,research officer in planning branch,department of technical education said: These polytechnics are really useful for students as they not only offer regular courses but also have short term courses under Skill Development Initiative,a government of India scheme . Under this scheme institutions have to be registered as Vocational Training Providers,who then offers short term courses.
Some of the popular courses under the scheme are Computer fundamentals,basic of beauty and hairdressing and basic of beauty culture and hair dressing,machine embroidery and basic electronics, Namita added.
P K Singla,associate professor at NITTTR and incharge of the DPR said: We hope to finalise the DPR by the end of July. We have engaged experts from NITs,prominent polytechnics and CII for the project. He added that the proposed student intake for each course would be 60 .With five courses proposed as of of now ,there will be around 300 students.