Dr. Prabhat Tripathi
There are definite advantages of pursuing polytechnic education in India, especially in Uttar Pradesh. Not only do the students get jobready at minimal expenditure, they also enjoy the comfort of exercising the options to pursue B.E. in engineering colleges through lateral entry or take up part-time B.E. programmes offered through technical universities while in jobs, even without having to spend additional time.
In a polytechnic college, it is possible for a student to complete the three-year programme by spending less amount of money. For a student from a middle-class/rural background, can join polytechnics, get into a job and then pursue engineering on a part-time basis without causing financial burden on the family. The other fact is, the trend of Class X students switching over to polytechnic education with the idea of securing admission in engineering colleges through lateral entry has been catching up in the recent years.
For the increasing manpower requirements at shop floor, engineering industries make a beeline to polytechnics rather than engineering colleges. Even in engineering colleges those admitted through lateral entry after polytechnic education stand a better chance to land good jobs. There is no dearth of job opportunities in the scenario of phenomenal expansion in infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. The present challenge lies in generating the right human resource for the booming economy. The solution to the challenge could certainly be found by making diploma the base for engineering education.