The Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE) will organise a pool campus drive from August in a bid to provide placement to students of diploma and polytechnic institutes affiliated to it. The initiative aims at giving opportunities to students who fail to get jobs during campus placements.
According to board officials,around 45,000-50,000 students complete diploma in various disciplines a year. It has been observed,following a meeting with polytechnic institutes and training and placement officers in March,that around 75 to 80 per cent of these students opt for higher education even after getting selected during campus placements. Besides,it was also found that companies normally do not prefer to go to institutes in rural areas for placement programmes.
Companies select only meritorious students but these students want to pursue higher education. Other students who secure low marks and those from rural areas do not get these opportunities though they are equally skillful. This has been creating an imbalance in availability of technical human resource in the industry. Therefore,it is the job of every institute to motivate their students for joining industry after they receive their diploma and also to create opportunities to students by inviting industries for placement, MSBTE director Dr P M Khodke said.
The board has already got over 5,000 registrations of polytechnic students from across the state. We have come up with a solution to reach out to needy and interested students and help them get placements. By initiating pool campus drives,the institutes will have to create a database of interested students by registering their names on our online portal… We will now identify a venue and invite companies for placement programmes,where they can interview the students who have registered with us, Khodke said.
A S Andhare,BR Harne College of Engineering and Technology campus director and former deputy director of technical education,said,”Most of the meritorious students from polytechnic and diploma colleges opt for degree courses even after getting selected for jobs; this has been happening since a decade. Even companies have stopped coming to colleges for campus placements. Creating a database of interested students and organising a pool campus will definitely resolve the issue and help needy students.”
Teachers in polytechnic institutes said the initiative would prove beneficial for thousands of students across the state. “Colleges are not concerned about the students once they pass out. Because of this drive,colleges will have to ensure that students register their names for it,” said a teacher from M H Saboo Siddik Polytechnic,Byculla.