Pune: Admissions to diploma courses for polytechnic (post-SSC), pharmacy, hotel management and food and beverages management (post-HSC) will henceforth be undertaken by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Mumbai.
So far, the admissions to these courses were done under provisions of the Admission Regulation Authority (ARA). However, from the academic year 2018-19, the admission procedures have been excluded from the ARA and are included under the DTE.
The State has issued a Government Resolution (GR), which has listed subjects applicable under the Common Entrance Test (CET) and their admissions will be undertaken as per ARA provisions. Only these specific diploma courses in engineering and polytechnic (post-SSC), pharmacy, hotel management and food and beverages management (post-HSC) are exempted from it.
“Admissions for diploma courses were not conducted as per CET. They were done on an individual institution basis. Also, DTE demands for caste validity certificates only for degree courses. Diploma courses don’t have such requirements,” said Assistant Joint Director of DTE, Pune region, Rajendra Gaikwad.
Explaining the reason to move diploma courses out of ARA provisions, Gaikwad said, “Last year, the apex court had made it mandatory to produce caste validity certificates. However, many students have been facing a problem to get a validity certificate, especially students who have passed Std X.
Therefore, to ease the admission procedure for them, the State government has made these provisions.”
“Although the admission process has been changed from ARA to DTE, the education scholarships given under Rajshri Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj and Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh hostel fee will continue for applicable candidates,” said Sanjay Dharurkar, Under Secretary, State government.