Imphal, April 27, 2018 (DIPR): The Office of the Controller of Technical Education, established in the year 1973, has been playing a key role in controlling and supervising Technical Institutions besides imparting training in Technical/Engineering and Allied Courses in various technical institutions in the country. This was stated by Shri Ng. Basantakumar, OSD (Admn.), Technical Education Department, Manipur, in the ongoing series of Press Conference organised by Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur, at Moirangkhom, Imphal.
He said that the Department has nominated 113 students for undergoing Bachelors’ Degree in Institutes outside Manipur as per the seats allocated by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Out of the 113 seats, 103 seats are for Engineering, 04 for Architecture and 06 for Pharmacy course. Even though the seats allocated by the Ministry is 113, the number of students applying for other courses except Engineering is not even upto 40, at present, as many people prefer Civil Engineering as a better option for getting employment in the state. Regarding Diploma courses, 36 seats were allocated for studying Diploma in Engineering and Allied courses.
The Government Polytechnic, Takyelpat, Imphal, established in 1956 under the name of Adhimjati Technical Institute, is one of the oldest Polytechnic in North East India and the first Technical Institute in Manipur. The Institute is offering Diploma Courses in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering and Pharmacy. Number of intake for the Diploma course is 180 of which the intake of Civil Engineering is highest with 60 seats, he added.
To develop Technical Education in the Country, the Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India, has implemented a scheme and directed all the State Government to set up Polytechnics in all the districts where there are no Polytechnic Institutes and has allocated Rs. 8 crore each for construction of buildings. But land for setting up the institute should be borne by the State Government. Besides the fund allocated for the construction, Rs. 4.30 crore are allocated for development of library and infrastructures in the year 2008. For Manipur in 2008, funds were released for Bishenpur and Senapati district and construction work for Bishenpur has already been started but due to land dispute the construction work at Senapati has just started.
In 2012, fund of Rs. 1 crore each were released as 1st Installment for the remaining 6 districts i.e., Thoubal, Chandel, Ukhrul, Churachandpur, Tamenglong and Imphal East. The 2nd Installment was released in the year 2017 after submission of utilization certificate. Likewise, the remaining funds will be released and construction will soon be completed. The total budget allocated is Rs. 670 lakhs which is insufficient for managing developmental projects and works and so the Department has procured Central funding like NLCPR, NEQIP, NEC etc., besides the State fund, he added.
As per the instruction of the Hon’ble Governor of Manipur to start functioning of the Imphal East Polytechnic and the Chief Minister’s announcement of opening Polytechnic in Ukhrul District, the department is trying to start the session in the month of July after the approval of Cabinet Decision. There is progress in the construction of Polytechnic in Ukhrul district and the people are very much enthusiastic in opening of the Institute in the district.
The department has been pursuing the state Government to invite students from outside the State as a number of polytechnics are being set up. At present the department is hosting 4 Institutes in the interests of the State. Highlighting the courses to be introduced in the newly set up Polytechnics, he appealed the media to give suggestions to improve the courses to be offered by the Institutions.
T. Sangeeta, Assistant Publicity Officer, Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur, was the moderator of the media interaction.