The Lakshadweep administration on Friday announced the launch of a new polytechnic college at Minicoy for the "benefit of the aspiring youth" of the islands. In a statement, the administration said it will be starting the polytechnic college at Minicoy island from the upcoming academic session.
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has extended its Letter of Approval (LoA) for starting three year diploma courses including Marine Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in Minicoy, it said.
Each course will have an intake of 30 students every year, the administration said. It said the Pondicherry Central University has accorded NOC for affiliating the programmes in Engineering and Technology under Polytechnic College, Minicoy.
"The aspiring youths of Lakshadweep will be benefitted to have requisite skill set for making them employable in public, private and entrepreneurial ecosystems in future resulting economic growth of islanders", the statement said.
The administration said it is also planning to enlarge its reach in many more disciplines based on the skill gap studies and stakeholder consultations in future.
Two days ago, the administration had decided to set up a Paramedical College at Kavaratti, the capital of the islands, in a bid to give fresh energy to the health sector of Lakshadweep. The new development initiatives were announced amid protest by a section of islanders seeking removal of administrator Praful K Patel, accusing him of implementing anti-people programmes in the islands.
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