MUMBAI: Demand for diploma engineering courses in Maharashtra continues to fall, with 18% fewer students applying for the centralised admission process (CAP) for seats this year.
According to experts, students, after stepping out of school, are increasingly opting for vocational courses at Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) instead of going to polytechnics.
The state’s directorate of technical education (DTE) has received 65,406 applications, down from around 80,000 applications in the academic year 2016-17. A similar rate of drop 20% - was witnessed between 2016-17 and 2015-16, when close to a lakh students had applied for the diploma courses.
As demand for their seats slides, polytechnics in the state are once again staring at large scale vacancies. Of those who applied this year, around 55,787 have been allotted seats in various institutes and courses. This means that at least 53% of 1,38,347 polytechnic seats will go vacant this year. The situation was just slightly better in 2015-16, when 89,525 students were admitted to 1,73,310 seats, leaving 48% of the seats vacant .
According to experts, students, after stepping out of school, are increasingly opting for vocational courses at Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) instead of going to polytechnics. “Students from lower strata of the society prefer ITIs over polytechnic because the courses at former are much cheaper,” said the principal of a polytechnic in Mumbai.
On the other hand, engineering aspirants who want to pursue higher education seem to prefer the junior college route over the polytechnic route, applying for degree courses after class 12. “Some coaching classes have been misguiding the students into believing that it’s easier to get into a degree college after class 12 than through a diploma course,” said the principal.
Students interested in doing engineering degrees can seek places in colleges after class 12 by appearing for the state’s Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) or the national-level Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) .