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Govt mulls low-cost tech courses

Ranchi, Jan. 3: Technical education for students of Jharkhand is set to get more affordable with the state government roping in Bengal-based Techno India Group to manage three of its upcoming engineering colleges and one polytechnic.

The firm, which will be handed over the reins of the four cradles on public-private-partnership (PPP) mode, was roped in last month and is in the final stages of talks with the science and technology department.

“According to the agreement, Techno India will offer courses at a cheaper rate in all the four colleges to the students of Jharkhand. The details of the course fee is being worked out by the government,” state science and technology department director (technical education) Arun Kumar told The Telegraph. Sources said the state might take up into consideration the existing structure of the government-run BIT-Sindri cradle while drawing up the course fees.

Officials added that a sizeable number of seats in all the four cradles would also be reserved for students from the state.

While the were would be a 53 per cent reservation for state students at the Chaibasa engineering college in West Singhbhum, the cradle at Dumka will have a 21 per cent of seats for locals.

Close to 35 per cent of the total number of seats in the engineering college in Ramgarh and polytechnic at Silli — deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto’s home turf — would also be reserved for Jharkhand students.

“Techno India will offer technical courses that have been approved by the AICTE or by any of the universities. Besides the basic engineering courses, the group may offer training in other subjects soon,” Kumar said.

Officials also said the authorities might rope in Jharkhand Combined Engineering Competitive Examination Board, the state board which conducts joint engineering, medical and other tests, for conducting the entrance tests for admissions, which are likely to begin from this academic session.

The Techno India group will also have the liberty to conduct its own tests for all the students if they so want.

“Construction of all the four cradles are in their final phases. There were some delays and Techno India was roped in only in the third week of December,” Kumar said.


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