|G S Asgotra|
Early Times Report
Jammu, Dec 14: Despite availability of sufficient infrastructure, qualified teaching faculty and well placed laboratories in 24 Government Polytechnic Colleges across state, nearly one thousand diploma seats of different branches are lying vacant against the intake capacity, at-least Directorate Technical Education (TEd) should answer who is responsible for poor performance.
As per document in possession of Early Times, submitted by different college administrations regarding intake capacity and admission in session 2017-18, there were 947 diploma seats of different engineering trades and branches are lying vacant in 19 Polytechnic Colleges across the state.
"Only five college of Budgam Kulgam, Anantnag, Ganderbal and Pulwama have succeeded to fulfil the intake capacity", document reads.
The document reveals that in Jammu division Colleges, there were 624 seats of different branches and five seats of TFW lying vacant whereas in Kashmir division 311 and seven seats of TFW are lying vacant.
Govt Polytechnic College Srinagar, Women's Polytechnic College Srinagar and Govt Polytechnic College Bikram Chowk, Women's Polytechnic College Jammu which were established decades ago and considered to be hub of technical education have been facing same problems and authority at helm of affair seems least bothered about it.
"For instance, in Jammu Polytechnic College there are 32 diploma seats of Travel & Tourism, 22 seats of Instrumentation Control, 12 seats of Architecture, 2 Automobile Engineering and one each in Mechanical and Computer are not fulfilled. Whereas Government Women's Polytechnic College Jammu have 79 diploma seats vacant including E&C, 20, OM and CA, 21, Textile Designing, 29, one in MLT and eight seats in Computer Engineering", the document reads.
The newly established Govt Polytechnic Colleges in each district are severely affected as 60 to 70 percent diploma seats are vacant and the officials at helm of administration are only bothered to purchase machinery and equipment and have failed to attract students for different streams, leaving the seats vacant in colleges alleged a lecturer whishing not to be named.
In five Government Polytechnic Colleges of Jammu division namely Kisthwar, Reasi, Samba and Kathua, 98, 89, 78, 65 and 41 seats respectively are vacant in current session whereas students are moving to colleges of neighbouring states.