The demand for vocational courses offered at Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the state continued to rise as they recorded a 31% increase in applications this year compared to last year’s numbers. On the other hand, bulk of the seats in polytechnic (diploma engineering) colleges are set to remain vacant.
As the online registration process for ITI admissions ended on Sunday, the number of students surpassed last year’s 2.82 lakh applications for 1.33 lakh seats available.
Students have time till 5 pm on Monday to confirm their registration.
An official at the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training ( DVET) said the number might further go up after the results of supplementary Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams are declared in October.
On the other hand, polytechnic colleges saw a 20% drop compared to 2015-16, when close to a lakh students had registered for the Centralised Admission Process.
According to academicians, the slide in diploma applications is the result of engineering aspirants opting for Class 12 route for admission in degree engineering courses. However, those who complete the threeyear diploma course are directly admitted to the second year of four-year degree engineering course.