One of the most challenging engineering fields with a wide scope for growth, AE deals with the development of new technology in the field of aviation, space exploration and defence systems. It specializes in the design, construction, development, testing, operation and maintenance of both commercial and military aircraft, spacecrafts and their components as well as satellites and missiles. “This three-year diploma is approved by AICTE and recognised by Govt. of India and Directorate of Technical Education, Karnataka,” says Prof RC Rajendra Prasad, Principal, Acharya Polytechnic, Bangalore.

Institutes: Acharya Polytechnic, Bangalore; Punjab Aircraft Maintenance Engineering College, Punjab; Government Polytechnic College, Neyyattinkara, Kerala
Eligibility & selection: Pass in SSLC/Class 10/‘O’ Level from any recognized Board or Council and aggregate of 35% in Mathematics and Science. Admissions based on aptitude test, personal interview and percentage of marks.
Key learning: Aircraft Instrumentation System, CAR (Civil Aviation Regulation), Aircraft Maintenance & Practice, Aircraft Structures, Avionics & Aircraft Radio System, Maintenance Management, Basic Aerodynamics, Fluid Mechanics & Pneumatics Aircraft Inspection & Documentation and many more.
Career prospects: Aeronautical Engineers find a very good demand in airlines, aircraft manufacturing units, air turbine production plants or Design Development Programmes for the aviation industry. They are recruited as maintenance supervisors in the private and public sector companies like HAL, R&D, Assistant in L&T Aerospace, junior scientist in aerospace companies, etc. Freshers receive an average salary of Rs. 3 lakhs per annum.
Fee: Rs. 1,35,000 for full course


This discipline applies engineering science and technology to agricultural production and processing. It combines animal biology, plant biology and mechanical, civil, electrical and chemical engineering principles with knowledge of agricultural principles. This three-year diploma is approved by AICTE, and recognised by the Govt. of India and Directorate of Technical Education, Uttar Pradesh.

Institutes: Jawaharlal Nehru Polytechnic, Mahmudbad (Sitapur); HRH The Prince of Wales Institute of Engineering & Technology, Assam; Govt. Polytechnic Bhagalpur, Bihar; SNJPSNMS Trust’s Polytechnic, Karnataka; Government Polytechnic Kashipur, Uttarakhand, many more
Eligibility & selection: Pass in Class 10 from any recognized Board or Council and aggregate of 35% with Mathematics, Science. Admission through Joint Entrance conducted by Joint Entrance Examination Council, UP, Lucknow; selection is based on the basis of counselling.
Key learning: Farm power engineering, soil mechanics and soil science, soil water conservation and land reclamation, field exposure training.
Career prospects: “Agriculture engineers are recruited as Junior Engineers in private and public sector companies, in minor  irrigation departments, soil water conservation departments, agriculture departments, tractor factories, agriculture manufacturing industries, irrigation projects, water harvesting projects, NGOs and state farm cooperatives,” informs Jagat Narayan, HoD, Agriculture Engineering,
Jawaharlal Nehru Polytechnic, Mahmudbad, Sitapur. Freshers receive average salaries of Rs. 15,000-25,000 per month.
Fees: Around Rs. 60,000 for full course.


A branch of vehicle engineering, a three-year diploma in this branch offers both practical and theoretical knowledge of automobiles.

Institutes: Guru Tegh Bahadur Polytechnic Institute, New Delhi; H.R.H The Prince of Wales Institute of Engineering & Technology, Jorhat; Pusa Polytechnic, New Delhi; G.B Pant Polytechnic, New Delhi; PES Polytechnic, Bangalore
Eligibility & selection: The minimum eligibility criteria to the course is subject to the candidate having passed any examination recognized as equivalent to Class 10th examination conducted by CBSE with minimum 45% marks in the aggregate of five subjects (securing minimum 33% marks in the five subjects) and clearing an entrance test which is organized by the Board of Technical Education.
Key learning: “Some key subjects learnt during the term of the course are Engineering Drawing, Strength of Materials, Auto Shop, Repair and Maintenance, Manufacturing Processes, Theory of Machines,” says Gurpreet Kaur, student counsellor,
Guru Teg Bahadur Polytechnic Institute
Career prospects: The prospects after completing the course are either in the Automobile Industry or higher education (B.Tech in Automobile Engineering). One would begin as ‘Junior Engineer’ and the average placement salary range is from Rs. 8,000-Rs 10,000 per month.
Fees: Rs. 29,040 per year (GTBPI)



“To raise the standard of living of farmers, there is need for mechanised agriculture which is taught in our programme”


HoD, JN Polytechnic, Mahmudbad, Sitapur


“The technology has become more and more complex requiring skilled manpower with continuous updation”


Director, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Steel Technology

“The entire course is focused more on technical skills and develops the analytical approach of the students”


Principal, Vivekanand Education

Society’s Polytechnic, Mumbai




This discipline deals with the design, construction and maintenance of various structures such as roads, bridges, canals, dams and buildings. A Diploma in Civil Engineering spans three years.

Institutes: Chhotu Ram Rural Institute of Technology, New Delhi; Buddha Institute of Technology, Gaya; BITS College of Polytechnic, Haryana; Aryabhat Polytechnic, New Delhi; Shetty Polytechnic, Gulbarga.
Eligibility & selection: SSC/Class 10th examination by a recognized Board and then appearing for the Diploma Entrance Test, which is conducted on a yearly basis.
Key learning: Workshop Practice, Construction Materials, Building Construction, Civil Engineering Drawing, Soil & Foundation Engineering, and Hydraulics.
Career prospects: One can have a lateral entry into a B.Tech in Civil Engineering or seek direct placement from the college. Job profiles include Researcher or Junior Engineer, and average   salary starts from Rs. 10,000 per month.
Fees: Rs. 32,095 per year (CRRIT)


This branch combines Chemistry and Engineering for the production of chemicals and related by-products. “New techniques like Nanotechnology, fuel cells and biomedical engineering have been discovered through the significant breakthroughs achieved in this field,” informs Dr. P.K. Gupta, HoD, Seth Jai Parkash Polytechnic. A diploma spans three years.

Institutes: Seth Jai Parkash Polytechnic, Yamuna Nagar; Dr. Meghnad Saha Institute of Technology, Haldia; Hooghly Institute of Technology, Hooghly; Shri Datta Meghe Polytechnic, Nagpur; Government Polytechnic, Kanpur.
Eligibility & selection: SSC/Class 10th examination and then appearing in the Diploma Entrance Test (DET). 
Key learning: Thermodynamics, Reaction Engineering, Paper Making, Pulping Process, and Environmental Studies. 
Career prospects: One can gain lateral entry into B.Tech in Chemical Engineering or work in various industries like paper plants, fertilizer manufacturing units, industrial chemical manufacturing units and refineries. The job profile is ‘Shift In-charge’ and the average placement salary ranges from Rs. 10,000-25,000 per month.
Fee: Rs. 2,000 per semester (SJPP)



ROUTING SKILLS are an integral part of learning in Computer Hardware

This is an interdisciplinary field, both in its origin and application. A three-year Diploma in Computer Networking can help a person develop into a practising engineer or develop an overall understanding of computer skills for application in other fields.

Institutes: Acharya Polytechnic, Bangalore; PSG Polytechnic College, Coimbatore; Government Polytechnic College, Palakkad; Government Polytechnic, Jhansi; Government Polytechnic, Rewa.

Eligibility & selection
: SSLC/10th/‘O’ Level from any recognized Board or Council and aggregate of 35% in Maths and Science.

Key learning
:  Introduction to Computers, Digital Theory, C Theory, C Lab, Data Communication and Communication Networks, Advanced Microprocessor. 

Career prospects
: One can pursue higher education or seek opportunities in the computer industry, financial services, telecommunication, biotechnology, e-commerce and related sectors etc., as a ‘Junior Software Engineer’. For freshers the average salary ranges from Rs. 15,000-20,000 per month.

: Rs 135,000 per year (Acharya)


This branch involves the principles and techniques of computer science and electronics engineering. It also includes the testing and designing of computer components. Computer engineers are of two types: software and hardware engineers. The diploma spans three years.

Institutes: Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic, New Delhi; Kasturba Polytechnic for Women, New Delhi; Aditya Institute of Technology, New Delhi; Father Agnel Polytechnic, New Delhi; Sarvodaya Polytechnic Institute, Limbdi.
Eligibility & selection: SSC/Class 10th examination from any recognized board and then appearing for the CET.
Key learning: Data structure, Computer networking, Programming in ‘C’, Digital Techniques, Visual Basic, Java Programming.
Career prospects: One can pursue  higher education or seek employment in IT-related industries, as a ‘Technical Engineer’. The average placement salary ranges from Rs. 12,000-30,000 per month.
Fee: Rs. 3,000 per semester (Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic, New Delhi)


This field generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism, and aims to train students as competent electrical and electronics engineers to meet industry requirement. This three-year diploma is approved by AICTE, and recognized by the Government of India and Directorate of Technical Education, Karnataka.

Institutes: Acharya Polytechnic, Bangalore; Vikas Polytechnic College, Andhra Pradesh; Government Polytechnic Curchorem, Goa; Chaudhary. Matu Ram Arya Government Polytechnic Education Society, Haryana; Pandit Gauri Shanker Memorial Polytechnic, Himachal Pradesh and more.
Eligibility & selection: Pass in SSLC/10th/‘O’ Level from any recognized Board or Council and aggregate of 35% in Mathematics and Science.
Key learning: Electrical Engineering Materials, Electro Mechanical Energy, Electromagnetic Field Theory, etc.
Career prospects: Students are exposed to various subjects of study such as drafting, wiring, Computer Aided Design, power saving and power control, High Voltage Engineering, Generation, transmission, distribution & utilization.
There are plenty of opening for electrical diploma-holders. Diploma-holders find openings as maintenance engineers in industry and commercial buildings. They can be absorbed as trainees in reputed public and private sector companies, as design engineers in the software industry as they have adequate knowledge of Computer Aided Design, as well as Class-I Government Licensed engineers to undertake erection of electrical layout works in industries. They can also work as power plant engineers in electric power generating section of industries.
Fees: NA


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ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING has the highest demand in the Engg. industry

A challenging branch that is constantly changing and growing, electronics and communication technology, perhaps, more than any other technology continually shapes the fabric of our globalized society. This course will not only stimulate interest in the exciting field of E&C but also help students learn the latest techniques. Awarded by and approved by AICTE, recognised by the Govt. of India and Directorate of Technical Education, Karnataka, the diploma spans three years.

Institutes: Acharya Polytechnic, Bangalore; Sri Venkateswara Polytechnic, Andhra Pradesh; Pusa Polytechnic, Delhi; Navsarjan Polytechnic, Gujarat; Jai Polytechnic, Haryana and many more.
Eligibility & selection: Pass in SSLC/10th/‘O’ Level from any recognized Board or Council and aggregate of 35% in Mathematics and Science.
Key learning: Adv. Communication, Analog Communication, Analog Electronics, Applied Mathematics, Basics of Electrical & Electronics Engineering etc.
Career prospects: Electronics is a root branch of engineering, which comprises hardware and software; hence Electronics & Communication branch can correlate itself with all other branches. This provides a wide range of job opportunities in different areas such as Telecommunication Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Information Science Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering and many more.


Massive industrialization over the past 50 years has seen an increase in the level of automation. Technology has become more complex, needs constant updation and requires skilled manpower  to keep pace. The Industrial Safety course prepares individuals to assess safety risks associated with processes, procedures and human beings. Trained safety personnel learn and implement Tools & Techniques, and analyse the risks associated, so as to minimise accidents and health hazards, by following industrial rules and regulations. “The duration of course is one year (two semesters + summer semester for project work). This programme is approved by AICTE, Directorate of Technical Education, Govt. of Karnataka and Director of Factories & Boilers, Karnataka,” says Dr SS Gupta, Director Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Steel Technology, Bellary, Karnataka

Institutes: Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Steel Technology, Bellary, Karnataka; Government Polytechnic Education Society, Mandkola, Haryana; Government Polytechnic Bellary, Karnataka; JSS Polytechnic, Karnataka.
Eligibility & selection: Diploma or degree in any branch of Engineering or BSc (PCM) with two years of industrial experience. For candidates outside Karnataka, eligibility to be approved by DTE, Karnataka.
Key learning: Safety Management, Safety Engineering, Fire Safety Management and Advance Engineering Techniques, Safety and Law, Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health, Safety Engineering Practical, Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health Practical, Safety Management in Iron & Steel Industry, Safety Management in Chemical Industry, Safety Performance and Appraisal, Fire Technology, Elective Subject (Safety Management in General Engineering Industry Or Safety Management in Thermal Power plants), Project Work
Career prospects: After completing Post Diploma in Industrial Safety, candidates get employed as Safety Officers in various Industries with a starting salary of Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 25,000 per month. As per rules, every industry employing more than 20 persons should employ a Safety Officer.
Fees: Fee for this course as announced by DTE, Karnataka + additional fee to cover industrial training + expert lecturers etc.


This branch deals with nautical architecture and science. The course’s focal point is on research conducted in oceans, coastal or inland waters connected to the sea. The Diploma spans 2 to 3 years, of which three months are spent in training at the institute, 18 months training at sea and the final six months at the Hunter Tafe College in New South Wales, Australia.

Institutes: Blue Crystal Marine Services Pvt.Ltd, Gurgaon;  INS Shivaji, Centre of Marine Engineering Technology; Baba Hazara Singh Polytechnic College, Punjab; Sir Issac Newton Polytechnic College, TN; PSN Polytechnic College, TN
Eligibility & selection: Minimum 50% aggregate in Class 12 (PCM or PCB)
Career prospects: One can pursue a career in the Merchant Navy or any private shipping company. The job profile is ‘Third Officer’ and salary range $3,000-4,000 per month.
Key learnings:  Meteorology, Celestial Navigation, Ship Stability, Cargo Works, Ship Construction, Engineering Knowledge and Seamanship.
Fees: According to Captain Vishesh Sinha, Director, Blue Crystal Marine Services Pvt.Ltd, the fee comprises Rs. 5.5 lakhs (training period of 3 months at the institute), $3,500 (Registration for Distance Learning Programme while undertaking training at sea), and $8,500 (6 months of college and exams through Hunter Tafe College, Australia).



DIPLOMA IN Leather Technology offers bright scope of employment to students

This branch involves leather production and leather-related goods, tanning and other processes. It helps students become self-reliant and take up careers as entrepreneurs or work in the leather industry. The diploma spans three years.

Institutes: Kashmir Government Polytechnic, Srinagar; Karnataka Institute of Leather Technology, Bangalore; A.P Government Institute of Leather Technology, Hyderabad; Govt Polytechnic, Mumbai; DEI Technical College, Agra
Eligibility & selection: SSC/Class 10th with 50% aggregate from any recognised Board or Council.
Key learning: Leather Manufacturing, Computer Applications in Leather Technology, Tannery Waste Management, Footwear and Leather Goods Manufacturing, Leather Trade Engineering, Entrepreneurship Development & Management etc.
Career prospects: According to Mr. Ghulam Hassan, Head Assistant, Kashmir Government Polytechnic, after the course one can work as a lecturer, in industrial estates and the leather industry or start a sole proprietorship. The job profile given is ‘Trainee’ and the average salary ranges from Rs. 10,000-12,000.
Fees: Rs. 15,000 per year.


A core engineering discipline, it comprises  the application of laws of physics to design, analyse and manufacture mechanical systems. It offers a solid base for professional engineering practice, further study in mechanical engineering or related fields. The diploma spans three years if pursued after Class 10 and two years if pursued after Class 12.

Institutes: Applied College of Management & Engineering, Faridabad; Marathwada Institute of Technology, New Delhi; Bharat Institute of Polytechnic, Sonepat;  BFIT Technical Campus, Dehradun;  Government Polytechnic, Panjim
Eligibility & selection: Class 10 with 35% aggregate or 10+2 from Vocational or PCM stream.
Key learning: Fluid Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering Science, Engineering Drawing, M-CAD, Thermal Engineering, Machine Shop, Mechatronics.
Career prospects: One can pursue higher education or work in engineering-related firms and companies. The job profile is ‘Junior Engineer’ and average placement salary ranges from Rs. 10,000-12,000.
Fees: Rs. 35,000 per year (ACME)


This domain focuses on the study of physical and chemical elements of metallic compounds and their mixtures, known as alloys. The 3-year course focuses on industrial metals and their application in various fields.

Institutes: Government Polytechnic, Pune; Government Polytechnic, Dhanbad; Sanjay Gandhi Polytechnic, Bellary; Kalinga Polytechnic, Bhubaneswar; Asansol Polytechnic, Burdwan, West Bengal.
Eligibility & selection: Pass in SSC/Class 10 from any recognized Board or Council.
Key learning: Elements of Material Science, Metallurgical Thermodynamics, Environmental Studies, Mineral Benefaction, Principles of Extractive Metallurgy, Foundry Practices.
Career prospects: One can go in for higher education or work in the mining industry, foundries and related industries. The job profile is of ‘Junior Engineer’ and average placement salary ranges from Rs. 8,000-15,000.
Fees: Rs. 8,000 per year (GP, Pune)


“This is the study of various techniques of manufacturing technology, which have varied application in different fields,” says Brigadier (Er.) V.P Kushwaha, Principal, Shri Balaji Polytechnic. The diploma is for three years (after Class 10) or direct admission into the second year (if Class 12 is already completed in the PCM stream).

Institutes: Shri Balaji Polytechnic, Haryana; Govt Polytechnic, Ahmednagar; G.B Pant Polytechnic, Delhi; S.V Polytechnic College, Bhopal; CSI Polytechnic College, Salem.
Eligibility & selection: SSC/Class 10th from any recognized Board or Council
Key learning: Fluid Mechanics, Engineering Thermodynamics, Production Mgmt, Primary Production Process
Career prospects: Opportunities in the hardware & networking field, paper mills or going for higher education.  The job profile is ‘Junior Engineer’ and the salary ranges from Rs. 10,000-25,000 (in the 5th semester, there is a training period in which students can earn a stipend ranging from Rs. 5,000-15,000).
Fees: Rs. 16,500 per year (SBP)


This domain has several kinds of courses, the prominent of them are – Film and Video editing and Electronics and Video Engineering. Film and video editing programme provides a thorough education in editing skills in a professional film-making environment. “Editing students are encouraged to consider their craft as part of whole process of film and television production. This makes them true collaborators in the whole film-making process, not just efficient technicians working at the final stage,” says Bimal Krishna Sarma, nodal officer, RGFTI, Guwahati (Assam). The duration of this course is three years. The course is approved by AICTE and affiliated to State Council for Technical Education, Assam. In video engineering, much emphasis is given on operating and troubleshooting of various communication gadgets

Institutes: Regional government film and television institute; Vivekanand Education Society’s Polytechnic, Mumbai; Biju Pattanaik Film & Television Institute of Orissa, Cuttack, Orissa; SV Polytechnic College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh; Government Institute of Electronics, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Eligibility & selection: 10+2 or equivalent in any discipline. Admission is based on the basis of written exam and viva voce for Electronics and Video Engineering
 Key learning: First year is a mixed baggage of different subjects of film-making and second and third year teaches different theory and practical contents through projects and workshops. “It also makes them aware about the history of film and video editing, its development, how it can be performed and its aesthetics. Here students get the opportunity to learn both linear and non-linear editing setups, edit projects like documentary, telefilm, diploma film etc.,” informs Vikrant Joshi, Principal, Vivekanand Education Society’s Polytechnic, Mumbai, Maharashtra. The course also provides knowledge of computer hardware and networking fundamentals.
Career prospects: Candidates get employed as a video editor in production houses, media organizations, film industry etc. Many candidates do freelance work. The average starting salary is Rs. 10,000-15,000 per month. After Electronics and Video Engineering, students will be working as service engineers, network engineers at the entry level, and can be promoted to a better job profile depending on their calibre. The average salary after this course is Rs. 1.5 lakhs per annum.
Fees: Rs. 64,000 for full course.


The course enables a student to explore drawing, colour imagery & surface pattern through a wide range of print processes. Creative solutions are designed for a diverse range of fashion and interior applications. The Diploma in Textile Designing ranges from one to three years (one year for graduates, two or three years for Class 12 students).

Institutes: International Polytechnic for Women, New Delhi, KS Rangasamy Institute of Technology, Tiruchengode, Government Girls Polytechnic, Allahabad, Government Polytechnic for Girls, Gujarat, Government Polytechnic for Women, Jammu & Kashmir.
Eligibility & selection: The minimum criterion for getting admission in the course is to have passed SSC/Class 10th from any recognized Board or Council.
Key learning: Drawing and Sketching, Colour Mixing and Colour Ideas, Textile Ornamentation Techniques, Printing Technology, Fabric Designing
Career prospects: One can work in the textile industry, design studios, with fashion designers, work as entrepreneurs or opt for higher education (BSc/MSc). The job profile is ‘Freelance Designer’ with average placement salary ranging from Rs. 12,000-15,000.
Fees: “The annual fees at our institute is Rs. 40,000 per year,” informs Ms. Shweta Updhyaya, Student Counsellor, International Polytechnic for Women. “Rs. 1,000 per semester is chargeable extra as exam fee,” she adds. 

(with inputs from Aeshwarya Tiwari & Tapas Perti)

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