Haryana polytechnics to have double shifts

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Chandigarh, Feb 24 (UNI) The Haryana Technical Education Department has a plan to introduce double shift scheme in all government and government aided polytechnics in the state.

While stating this here today, a spokesman of the department said that the double shift scheme was introduced at four government polytechnics at Ambala Cantt, Nilokheri, Jhajjar and Ambala City for optimum utilization of resources during the current financial year and it had proved beneficial.

He said that with a view to expand the infrastructure for technical education, new construction works like teaching blocks, hostels and laboratories involving an investment of Rs 250 crore had been sanctioned and sanction for other works costing Rs 150 crore was in the pipeline. All vacant posts were also being filled up.

It has been decided to set up language lab at every polytechnic as a part of the drive to improve communication and soft skills of students.

The department has decided to introduce pre-engineering in the engineering colleges keeping in view the shortage of science students at 10+2 level. The course would be equivalent to 10+2 level for which infrastructure would be provided by the colleges.

He said that 50 per cent rural students would be admitted to this course and all students belonging to below poverty line families would be provided free education. He said that during the current financial year, the applications for degree engineering programmes touched the mark of 23,000 and it was expected that with the implementation of the scheme, this number would be doubled.

The department has a target to train 50,000 students for degree engineering programme by the end of the 11th Five Year Plan.

He said that 24 new private engineering colleges and 45 new polytechnics have been added since March 2005.

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