J&K Govt revamps admission process in polytechnics | Tech US News


Srinagar- In a significant development, polytechnics in Jammu and Kashmir have seen a ‘major overhaul’ in the admission process after the Board of Technical Education (BOTE) was entrusted to conduct the admission process here.

“Earlier, admissions to polytechnics were done through BOPEE, but in 2020 the department took up the matter with the governing council after which BOTE was entrusted to conduct admissions in these institutes,” adding that the decision proved fruitful for the department, as institutes in J&K are witnessing goo student response.

Apart from improving admissions, the department has also conducted 15-20 placement fairs at government polytechnic institutes and ITIs where nearly 5000 candidates have got jobs till date.

“We have also developed entrepreneurship development cells in all J&K polytechnics where they help students to set up their businesses and provide necessary training through the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI),” the official said.

The J&K Directorate of Technical Education had earlier submitted a proposal to the government to introduce an open admission system for aspiring candidates for diploma courses in polytechnics established across J&K.

The proposal was made to “overhaul the admissions policy” after witnessing a “significant decrease” in student enrollment in these institutions prior to 2020.

A proposal made by the then Director of Technical Education proposed to suspend the admission process of BOPEE.

In particular, enrollment at polytechnic colleges decreased from 72 percent in 2014 and 35 percent in 2018.

“However, the situation has improved considerably in the polytechnic colleges, as almost 90 percent of the seats are occupied in these institutes,” the official said.

In addition to the admission process run by BOTE, the vacant places are filled by the relevant principles of the polytechnic colleges.

“The joint efforts of JKBOTA and the respective principals of the polytechnics have borne good fruit,” the official said. (KNO)

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