Polytechnic college may stop offering ‘unpopular’ courses
Srinagar, Feb 15: All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) may wind up the ‘unpopular courses’ being offered in the government polytechnic college in the state. Joint Director (Poly), Technical Education Department J&K, Mohammad Shafi Bhat, said admissions to the unpopular courses have been declining. “In near future, some courses may be closed down by AICTE, as the candidates have been showing less interest in these courses,” he said. As per Bhat, the courses may include Textile Designing, Office Management, and Architectural Assistance. “We have been maintaining the criteria set by the AICTE. The candidates have been opting for civil, electrical and mechanical courses,” he said. “These courses are job oriented. In case the candidates find job avenues in unpopular courses, the admissions can go up.” The state has 22 polytechnic colleges maintained by the Technical Education Department. As per Bhat, only three of the nine private polytechnic colleges in the state have opted for closure of the courses. “Purkhoo and KBOWP polytechnic colleges in Jammu and Kite Polytechnic in Kashmir have opted for closure of the courses. Jammu institutions have completed the formalities and are about to close the courses. The Kite is yet to complete the formalities,” he said.