Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, May 3:
Worried over the lack of response from eligible students in the state to the annual diploma entrance test (DET) over the last few years, the Odisha government has asked all district Collectors to create awareness and mobilize the students to appear in the DET-2014 for admission to the diploma courses in various government polytechnics in the state.
“It was observed that there was no response from eligible candidates who have passed HSC or are 10th standard students for the diploma entrance test. It is believed that awareness about the test has not been disseminated properly among the students about admission to various diploma courses in government polytechnics,” said B Mishra, additional secretary, ET&T while asking district Collectors to mobilize the students to participate in the test.
While the last date for submission of online application for DET was 28 April, the entrance test will be held on May 18 for government and private institutes at various centres in the state as well as outside the state.
The department has asked the collectors of Deogarh, Puri, Nuapada, Nayagarh, Koraput, Kalahandi, Jajpur, Baudh, Angul and Bargarh to mobilise eligible students in their respective districts where the government is setting up polytechnics with the help of Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD).
Meanwhile, the government has sought the intervention of MHRD to direct the AICTE to accord approval to nine polytechnics in the state to commence operation from the 2014-15 academic session.
Notably, the MHRD has decided to set up 22 government polytechnics in underserved and uncovered districts of the state under the scheme of “Submission on Polytechnic”.
A sum of Rs 12.30 crore has been sanctioned for each polytechnic to be set up in the state.