6 months’ internship must for polytechnic students

Pranita Roy
Thursday, 13 June 2019

The pilot implementation of the internship will be at 11 autonomous Government Polytechnic Colleges including Government College of Polytechnic, Pune

Pune: Students at polytechnic institutes in the State will henceforth have to do a six months’ compulsory internship, making the diploma courses job-oriented. Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE) directed polytechnic colleges to inculcate six months’ compulsory internship in diploma curriculum. 

The pilot implementation of the internship will be at 11 autonomous Government Polytechnic Colleges including Government College of Polytechnic, Pune and seven aided government polytechnic colleges in the State from the academic year 2019-20, announced MSBTE Assistant Director Vijay Kolhe in presence of  Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) Joint Director DR Nandanwar. 

The new curriculum will have two-and-half years of theory classes and six months of industrial internship. The internship will have a credit of 150 marks. Kolhe said this initiative was a bid to provide industrial exposure to students and make them industry-ready. 

“Slowly, this initiative will be taken up in other polytechnic colleges. For now, we have introduced it in autonomous colleges only. Those students who take admission in new academic year will be following this curriculum pattern,” said Kolhe.

The board is making efforts in improving the student enrollment ratio in polytechnic colleges. So far, 7,500 registrations were been made until June 9 for diploma courses in polytechnic colleges. The admissions will open for a total of 1,13,000 seats in polytechnic colleges across the state. 

“This time we had started the registration process 10 days before the State Secondary Certificate (SSC) results were to be declared, whereas last year it was after the result declaration. We are expecting the numbers will increase soon. We are trying to improve the enrollment condition for this year,” said Kolhe.

Last year, around 50 per cent seats remained vacant in polytechnic colleges across the state. 

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