Are you a diploma holder in engineering from the State Council of Technical Education (SCTE), Assam? If yes, then you might be wondering how your qualification is recognized by other institutions and employers. In this blog post, we will explain the equivalence of diploma in engineering with higher secondary (10+2) and its benefits for your academic and career prospects.
The diploma in engineering is a three-year course that covers various branches of engineering such as civil, mechanical, mining, electrical, computer science, etc. It is offered by polytechnics under the SCTE Assam, which is a statutory body under the Directorate of Technical Education. The diploma course aims to provide practical and industry-oriented skills to the students and prepare them for the workforce.
However, many diploma holders face difficulties in getting admission to higher studies or jobs where the minimum eligibility criterion is higher secondary (10+2). This is because the diploma course is not considered equivalent to higher secondary by some institutions and employers. This creates a disadvantage for the diploma holders who want to pursue further education or career opportunities.
To address this issue, the Government of Assam has given recognition to the equivalence of diploma in engineering with higher secondary (10+2) based on the guidelines of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The AICTE is the apex body that regulates and accredits technical education in India. It has established a National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) that defines the levels of learning outcomes and competencies for different qualifications. According to the NSQF, class XII is considered as ‘NSQF Level 4’ whereas completion of diploma in engineering branch is considered as ‘NSQF Level 5’. This means that the diploma course has more advanced skills and knowledge than higher secondary.
Therefore, the Government of Assam has given recognition to the following:
a. Equivalency of three-year diploma in engineering awarded by the SCTE Assam to class XII (science) plus one year of undergraduate degree in engineering, which is at NSQF Level 5 and at Unified Credit Level 4.5. This means that a diploma holder can get credit transfer for one year of engineering degree course in any recognized university or institution.
b. Eligibility of diploma holders in engineering under the SCTE Assam to seek admission to second year or third semester of undergraduate engineering programme through lateral entry. This means that a diploma holder can directly join the second year of engineering degree course without appearing for any entrance exam or completing any bridge course.
c. Equivalence of three-year diploma in engineering under the SCTE Assam to class XII (science) pass for seeking admission to any other higher education programme such as B.Sc., BCA, BBA, etc. This means that a diploma holder can apply for any course that requires higher secondary (science) as a prerequisite.
d. Equivalence of three-year diploma in engineering under the SCTE Assam to class XII pass for seeking employment where the minimum qualification is class XII. This means that a diploma holder can apply for any job that requires higher secondary as a basic qualification.
The recognition of equivalence of diploma in engineering with higher secondary (10+2) is a significant step towards enhancing the opportunities and prospects of the diploma holders in Assam. It will also encourage more students to opt for technical education and contribute to the development of skilled manpower in the state. If you are a diploma holder or an aspirant, you should be aware of this recognition and avail its benefits.
Please refer to the document attached for more details.