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The Department of Technical Education was established in 1948 to bring various activities pertaining of Technical Education & all levels, under one roof. This Department was made responsible to administer & control various activities pertaining to Engineering Colleges, Technological Institutes, Polytechnics, Industrial Training Institutes, Industrial School, Technical School, Government Industrial Training Workshops & other Certificate Courses concerned with Vocational & Technical Training. In addition to this, the responsibility of Post Graduate Courses & Research was also shouldered by this Department. Since the last four decades the activities of various programmes under the Directorate of Technical Education have increased tremendously & in order to meet the skilled manpower requirement, the training activities have been increased by way of Starting new Government as well as Private institutes in the Maharashtra. In order to have a smooth functioning of these activities the Directorate of Technical Education is bifurcated in two separate Directorates namely The administrative responsibilities in respect of Craftsman Training Scheme ( Industrial Training Institutes), Government Industrial Training Workshops, Vocationalization of Education at +2 stage, Technical Education at Secondary level & Certificate & allied Vocational Courses are entrusted with the Directorate of Vocational Education & Training
- To ensure a steady flow of skilled workers in different trades for the industry.
- To raise the quality & quantity of industrial production by systematic training of workers.
- To reduce unemployment among the educated youth by equipping them for suitable industrial employment.