The proposed integrated diploma and engineering course right after Class 10 (SSC) is likely see the light of day from the next academic year. The Department of Technical Education (DTE) has initiated the process officially by submitting the proposal and details of the course module to the authorities concerned for consideration.
The DTE was trying to introduce the course from this year, but failed due to delay in getting the approval. Once it gets a green signal from the state authorities, the DTE will approach AICTE for requisite permissions and is confident of getting the nod from the latter. The integrated Diploma and B.Tech course will be of six years duration providing robust industrial interface activities with one-year apprenticeship programme. Interestingly, for the first time, the course will have dual affiliations from JNTU Kakinada, Anantapur and the State Board of Technical Education and Training.
The DTE special commissioner, G.S Panda told that the course was likely to be introduced from the academic year 2018-19. "We have submitted the proposal to the government and are waiting for their response. As the academic year has already commenced, we can offer the course only from the next year" he said. Around 80 per cent of the diploma students make a later-al entry into various engineering courses in the state and as a result, the learning process misses the sync. Moreover, students end up giving different entrance examinations for diploma and engineering.
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