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2nd shifts in engineering colleges for polytechnic courses

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The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has instructed states on conducting 'second shifts' in engineering colleges for polytechnic courses.

'The scheme aims to use the infrastructure of engineering colleges, whose use comes to an end by around 3 or 4 pm,' R A Yadav, Chairman, AICTE, said at a seminar on technical education in Chennai.

Putting the infrastructure to good use, it would also help in increasing the number of students taking to polytechnic education and thus match up to the number of engineering graduates passing out.

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'Roughly, there are three engineering students to a polytechnic student, while in practise, it should be the other way around,' he added.

While the average enrolment rate of students into technical courses in the country stood at 9%, Yadav said the Eleventh Plan envisaged an increased rate of 15%. 

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