HYDERABAD: The Exhibition Society, which runs the Kamala Nehru Polytechnic for Women (KNPW), on Wednesday submitted a representation to the commissioner of technical education, requesting to continue services of contract lecturers and give admissions to students for the academic year 2021-22.
This, following a TOI report stating the institute, the country’s first polytechnic college for women, was staring at a possible closure.

In the letter, Exhibition Society secretary Dhiraj Kumar Jaiswal, pointed out that despite several similar requests to continue services of contract lecturers made to the government, to enable the college to impart technical education, no action had been taken.
“Now as the Polycet – 2021 is scheduled to be held on July 17, 2021, it is once again requested that you may please continue the services of 39 contract lecturers and also to give admissions to the students as usual to so that KNPW continues to impart the technical education for this academic year 2021-2022,” read the letter.
“It is also requested to accord permission for appointment of (39) Contract Lecturer so as to enable this polytechnic college function smoothly for this Academic Year 2021-2022,” the Society secretary’s letter adds.
The society will also be clarifying their stand regarding diploma courses on Friday. Meanwhile, many — especially KNPW alumni — have taken to social media to raise their voice against the possible closure of the institute. “KNPW is a prestigious technical institute with a long history…The institute’s pupils are now spread over the globe & building a name for themselves. Women become independent from here. #save KNPW,” tweeted Areej Syeda.

Another user Karam Komireddy, tweeted, “Closing KNPW, the first women’s polytechnic college in the country, would deprive affordable education to girls from economically weaker sections. Consider this: a garment technology course that costs ten lakhs per year in a private college costs only ten thousand at KNPW.”


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