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THE craze to study engineering has faded out not only among Class XII students but also those who have completed Class X. Usually, after successfully completing SSLC. students would join engineering polytechnic colleges. Upon completing the three-year-course, they would directly join second-year engineering courses as lateral entrants. Now, there has been a paradigm shift as students are increasingly attracted to arts and science courses. The number of student intake in a few polytechnic colleges in the city has slightly come down com-pared to the previous academic year, followed by those willing to
join arts and science courses. How-ever, polytechnic college officials say the dip in admissions does not affect them. The officials believe there are plenty of job opportunities for engineering students and the trend for studying arts and science will recede. After the publication of Class X
board examination results, many parents were busy admitting their wards to higher secondary but some city-based students, considering job opportunities in government and the private sector, chose to take up diploma courses at polytechnic colleges. These are colleges which offer six branches of engineering studies. Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Computer Technology and Sugar Technology
Few takers for diploma courses Many city-based students, keeping in mind job opportunities in government and private sectors after their class Xth chose to get admitted in diploma courses in polytechnic colleges. But this year, the polytechnic colleges acknowledge the fall in students compared to previous years. Arts and science colleges have Increased their number of seats this year, to accommodate the increased demand.
 .A student willing to join any of the polytechnic courses can choose one of the branches. Once the course is completed, they will directly land in the second year in pursuit of an engineering degree. An official with a polytechnic college here acknowledges the fall in admissions and admitted there was an increased interest in arts and science courses. However, this would have little effect on students of polytechnic colleges as there is a demand for students in engineering courses as job opportunities are aplenty, said the official The number of students admitted in the first year was 543 and counsel-
ling concluded on Monday. Now, students are considering long-term benefits and volunteering to study higher secondary without skipping SSLC, which would bear fruit in the near future. This has led to a fall in the number of admissions to polytechnic colleges. Arts and science colleges have been set up in all parts of the city and the number of seats available has shot up in the current academic year. Even so, applications out-numbered seats as Class XII pass outs are keen on studying arts and science courses. Though applications have been overflowing, colleges have to shortlist the names of students according to their performance in board examinations.
Source: epaper . dinamani. com/c/20328980

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