Ranchi, Sept. 16: The technical education sector in Jharkhand has good news in store for it.
While Bengal’s Techno India Group will manage and maintain an upcoming government engineering college in Ramgarh and another polytechnic in Silli on public-private-partnership (PPP) mode, 13 state-owned polytechnics will receive Rs 2 crore each through a special central government scheme.
The announcement followed a meeting called by Union human resources development ministry in Delhi on Friday that was attended by state additional chief secretary Vinod Agrawal (who heads the science and technology department) and director (technical education) Arun Kumar.
“As part of a special upgrade plan for polytechnics across the country, 13 of our existing polytechnics will receive a grant of Rs 2 crore each. The grants would be used for purchasing equipment, upgrading laboratories, buying furniture and generator sets, among other requirements. The main aim is to ensure skill development of more youths in the region as well as the entire country,” Kumar told The Telegraph over phone from Delhi.
Notably, the Centre aims to upgrade 500 polytechnics across the country. The funds are meant to be utilised in the 2012-13 fiscal. Yesterday’s meeting on giving grants to existing polytechnics was chaired by additional secretary in the HRD ministry N.K. Sinha.
The government polytechnics about to receive grants include the ones at Ranchi, Dumka, Latehar, Gamharia, Bokaro, Koderma and Dhanbad.
Kumar added that Techno India has been shortlisted for running an upcoming engineering college at Ramgarh and government polytechnic at Silli, deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto’s home turf.
However, the government’s bid to hand over two other upcoming engineering colleges in Chaibasa and Dumka has still not materialised. The interested partners did not qualify during the technical and financial bidding.
Kumar said tenders would be floated again to select private partners to run upcoming engineering colleges on PPP mode at Chaibasa and Dumka.