Now students without Mathematics in Class 12 can opt for Polytechnic courses

Mathematics not necessary to get admission to Polytechnic coursesAn HSC student from the Science stream, will now be pursuing Engineering and Technology courses in polytechnic institutes in Maharashtra, who did not opt for Mathematics at the 10+2 level.

For the academic year 2015-16, the state Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has decided to give these students direct admission which is commonly known as “lateral entry”.

Mahesh Shivankar, the DTE joint director for Aurangabad said to TOI, that those students who had to give up their plans of pursuing a diploma course only because they had not taken Mathematics at the junior college level will benefit from this move.

The application kit for the direct second year admissions for around 390 diploma courses in the state is scheduled to be sold from Tuesday, June 23.

In the previous years only an HSC candidate from the Science stream taking the combination of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology or bifocal/technical subjects or minimum competency vocational courses (MCVC) at the 10+2 level were only allowed lateral entry to the diploma courses, besides eligible ITI and other students.

The state of Maharashtra has a total of around 390 polytechnic institutes, and an intake capacity of around 1.8 lakh students. Nearly 36,000 seats are open for direct second year admissions.

Shivankar said, “This subject is taught to students in the first year of the diploma course and covers basic concepts of Maths.”