Haryana to run polytechnics in PPP mode

Chandigarh, Jan 19 (IANS) The Haryana government on Thursday announced that new polytechnics being set up in the state would be run in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in collaboration with leading industrial houses.

The intent behind this move is to give a decisive push to technical education and bring the courses offered in perfect sync with the industry demand,.

“These will turn out industry-ready students and ensure hundred per cent placement,” Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who chaired a meeting of the Technical Education department here on Thursday, said.

“A new scheme is also being prepared for the meritorious but poor students desirous of getting education in private technical institutes of their choice. Under the scheme, 50 per cent fees would be reimbursed by the state government while the remaining 50 per cent would be contributed by the institute under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR),” a spokesperson said here.

Khattar directed officers of the department to invite reputed industrial houses to run these polytechnics by forming societies.

“While the state government would make available infrastructure and building, the polytechnics would be run by these societies,” the spokesperson said.

“The chairman of the society would be from the industrial house and to ensure participation of the Panchayati Raj institutions, chairmen of zila parishads concerned would be made members. Grant-in-aid would also be provided by the state government to these polytechnics as required,” added the spokesperson.

The Haryana government is setting up 13 new polytechnics in Haryana of which six would be run by the state government and the remaining would be managed by such societies.

“These polytechnics include government polytechnics at Indri and Malab (Nuh), Government Polytechnic Mandkola in district Palwal, Government Polytechnic Chhapar (Bhiwani), Government Polytechnic Nanakpur (Panchkula), Government Polytechnic Dhamlawas (Rewari) and Government Polytechnic Sector-26, Panchkula,” the spokesperson added.

Haryana has a large presence of industry, IT (information technology) and software sectors and the corporate sector near national capital Delhi. Most of this is concentrated in the districts of Gurugram, Faridabad, Panipat, Sonipat, Rohtak and Jhajjar.