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Never say never

Admissions throw up unexpected opportunities, highlight handicaps of the system. For those who haven't scored well, there are 102 colleges and 20,000 seats for diploma courses in the city.

india Updated: Jun 30, 2008 14:34 IST
Snehal Rebello

Santosh Singh's dream of becoming an engineer crashed when he got his Class 10 results last week. Having secured 55 per cent, Singh is certain that he won't get a seat in a good college to pursue science. So, the 16-year-old has decided to enroll for a three-year diploma in computer engineering.

"With such low percentage, I am not sure which college I will get into. Besides, even after Class 12, what is the chance I will get into an engineering course? I would rather do a diploma," said Singh.

If Singh secures 60 per cent in the third year, he is ensured of being admitted to the third year of an engineering degree course.

For students like Singh, who have secured low marks in the Class 10 exams, an autonomous board under the Ministry of Higher and Technical Education, the Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE), offers over 130 diploma, advance diploma and post-graduate courses through 445 affiliated institutions across the state; in Mumbai, 108 affiliated colleges offer 20,000 seats.

"These are job-oriented courses with curriculum designed with inputs from industry experts. So students have exposure to practical knowledge as well. Colleges also offer placements at the end of the course," said MSBTE spokesperson D R Bhokare. "Diploma courses in computer technology, computer engineering, mechanical, civil, electrical and automobile are very popular."

The board offers full-time and part-time courses in several branches of engineering as well as in courses for packaging technology, fashion and clothing technology, leather technology, interior designing and decoration and 3D animation.

These apart, the Directorate of Vocational Education & Training has designed short-term vocational programs to encourage self-employment. It offers six-month, one-year and two-year courses.

Short-term vocational courses:

Six-month courses:

Computerised Accounting & Office Animation Automation , Information Technology, Web Page Designing ,Auto-CAD, Multimedia and Animation Technology,Hotel Reception and Book Keeping, Textile designing , Travel and Tourism.

One year courses:

Beauty Culture, Cookery, Bakery and Confectionery, Home Science.