The state’s decision to have a ‘second shift scheme’ at polytechnics with 70% reservation for minorities has got a roaring response this year too. The state started the afternoon/evening classes for the second consecutive year as many technical seats, mostly in private polytechnics, remain vacant.
In the second shift this year, of 1,620 seats in 19 government polytechnics, 1,569 seats were filled. Of this, 70% seats (1,134) for minorities were filled. Data put out by the Directorate of Technical Education at the end of admission process for 2012-13 reveals that almost all seats in second shifts of diplomas in civil, electronics & telecommunication, mechanical, computer engineering are filled up.
The exception was printing technology which got lukewarm response. Of 60 seats, only 23 were filled up. Not a single minority seat is vacant in this scheme. Of 1.5 lakh polytechnic seats, 45,000 (31%) seats in the general shift remain vacant across the state, says a DTE report released earlier.
Of 40 government polytechnics, 12 currently have second shift classes. Sources said the decision to have second shifts in all 40 polytechnics is pending with the state cabinet.
Director of technical education SK Mahajan said that as the scheme was launched in government polytechnics, the response is not surprising.
State minister for minorities Arif Naseem Khan said the cabinet will soon take a call on taking all government polytechnics into second shift scheme’s ambit. “We have sought approval from the Union government to duplicate the scheme in state’s engineering institutes too,” said Khan.
Muslim candidates are major beneficiaries of the ‘second shift scheme’ followed by Buddhist students while there were no takers from the Parsi community. More than 50% (514 seats) were taken by Muslim students as against 159 by Buddhists
The second shift scheme was also aimed at utilising existing infrastructure instead of starting new Institutes