On February 10, 2010, the Tamil Nadu government launched a scheme to enable students pursue simultaneously a diploma in a vocational stream apart from their basic degree course. Around 3,571 students have enrolled themselves in different courses available under this educational scheme. Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi launched the scheme that is suppose to help in increasing the employment opportunities of arts and science graduates studying in government colleges.
The students will have a diploma or certificate in a vocational course like multimedia, air conditioning technology, web designing, animation and beautician apart from their arts/science degree on passing out from college. As per the scheme, which will be implemented from the ensuing academic year, the government has attached some polytechnic colleges withdiploma courses to its colleges.