| Fresh target
Ranchi, May 9: The science and technology department is now planning to begin work on setting up 20 new polytechnics in various parts of the state even though it has been unable to start teaching at new engineering colleges and polytechnics floated earlier.
Deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto, who heads the department, claimed land acquisition formalities had been completed in case of 17 new polytechnics and that construction work would begin soon.
Land for the remaining three polytechnics in Palamau, West Singhbhum and Ramgarh had been identified, but had not yet been formally transferred although Mahto claimed it was unlikely to take long as the process involved transfer of government land.
Buildings to house engineering colleges in Chaibasa, Ramgarh and Dumka and a polytechnic in Silli are ready, but a proposal to run these on private-public partnership is locked in red tape, raising serious doubts about their proposed debuts these year.
But, Mahto was unruffled. The deputy chief minister said that in case of Government Polytechnic, Palamau, villagers of Naudiha Circle had agreed to donate 10.08 acre land. Also, the Palamau deputy commissioner had suggested that another 10 acre, surplus land available on the ITI premises, could be transferred to the new polytechnic.
Acquisition of land for setting up a polytechnic in the Gola block of Ramgarh district has already begun. The proposal to transfer 15.86 acre vacant government land in the Jagannathpur block of West Singhbhum district free of cost to the science and technology department is pending with the planning and development department for approval, he said.
In fact, all these polytechnics are being sponsored by the Centre while some PSUs, including National Projects Construction Corporation Limited, National Building Construction Corporation Limited and Engineering Projects India Limited are also helping out.
NPCCL is sponsoring polytechnics at Gola (Ramgarh), Behragora (West Singhbhum) and Maheshpur (Pakur); EPIL will be taking care of polytechnics in Gumla and Garhwa districts and NBCCL is involved in setting up Jagannathpur (West Singhbhum) and Chandil (Saraikela-Kharsawan).
It was up to the Jharkhand government now to complete the work on time and avail maximum possible assistance from the Centre. Once these polytechnics become functional, it would be a tremendous boost for technical education in the state.
We are serious about these projects. Necessary formalities for beginning the groundwork for over half a dozen polytechnics have already been completed. Paperwork for the remaining polytechnics is also progressing. I am confident that construction work would begin everywhere during the current financial year, the deputy chief minister said.