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`Preference for varsity degree affecting polytechnic institutes'

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TRADITIONAL START: Consultant of World Bank C.S. Jha inaugurating a National Workshop on Technician Education in Mysore on Saturday. Also seen from left are the Vice-Chancellor, Uttar Pradesh Technical University, D.S. Chouha; former director, IIT Ch ennai, L.S. Srinath; director (technical) J.S.S. Mahavidyapeetha, Dhananjaya; executive director B.N. Betkerur, and SJCE principal B.G. Sangameshwara. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
TRADITIONAL START: Consultant of World Bank C.S. Jha inaugurating a National Workshop on Technician Education in Mysore on Saturday. Also seen from left are the Vice-Chancellor, Uttar Pradesh Technical University, D.S. Chouha; former director, IIT Ch ennai, L.S. Srinath; director (technical) J.S.S. Mahavidyapeetha, Dhananjaya; executive director B.N. Betkerur, and SJCE principal B.G. Sangameshwara. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

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Two-day national workshop on technician education inaugurated

MYSORE: A preference for degrees over diplomas has affected technical education in India with many outstanding polytechnic institutions becoming poor and offering degree courses, said Consultant to World Bank C.S. Jha.

Speaking here on Saturday after inaugurating a two-day National Workshop on Technician Education, which was organised by the Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering and JSS Polytechnic for Women, Mr. Jha said that Indians had a penchant for degrees, which was leading to an unusual trend in technical education.

He said outstanding polytechnics in the country had been converted into institutions offering four-year graduate courses and the expansion of engineering colleges had also affected polytechnics across the country.

A former Vice-Chancellor of Benaras Hindu University, Mr. Jha said, "In the past, the number of technicians were almost double than that of engineers in the country. However, today there are more engineering students that polytechnic students and more engineering colleges than polytechnic institutes."

Mr. Jha said the country had to chart out a course for technician education keeping in mind the quality and competition. Director of Technical Education K. Basavaraju said that technical education had been witnessing a large number of drop-outs every year. Though nearly 36,000 students get admission to technical institutes every year as against nearly 47,000 for engineering courses, a number of students drop out of the course by the end of first or second year, he added.

He said the budgetary allocation had been increased to provide practical education to students and more courses were being brought out.

Former Director of Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, L.S. Srinath; Director (Technical) J.S.S. Mahavidyapeetha, M.H. Dhananjaya; and vice-chancellor of Uttar Pradesh Technical University D.S. Chouhan were present.

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