The need for technical education at Aligarh was emphasized from time to time in the sessions of the All India Muslim Educational Conferences. In 1930, Mr. Obaidullah Durrani started industrial training in motor mechanics and machinist trade. Thus late Durrani Saheb was probably the real founder of the technical institute (University Polytechnic). In 1936, Diploma classes were started in Motor Engineering and Electrician courses and the first batch was passed out in 1938. Durrani Saheb acted as the Secretary of the technical courses from 1935 to 1936, its Superintendent from 1936 to 1938 and it?s Principal from 1938 to 1940.
The Polytechnic was looked after by a senior teacher designated as Superintendent, Polytechnic. Later, in 1961 a post of principal was created on which Late Mr. S. A. Abbas was appointed, and the Polytechnic became an independent institution under Faculty of Engineering & Technology. At that time diploma was awarded in three branches only, namely Civil, Electrical and Mechanical.
The University Polytechnic, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, a premier institution imparting technical education was established in 1937. It has been running three years Diploma in Engineering courses as mention below:
5. Electrical Instrumentation & Control
8. Leather and Footwear Technology
9. Construction Technology
10. Production Engg.
11. Refrigeration & Air-conditioning
12. Plastic Technology
13. Advanced Diploma in Food Technology.
The institution, besides running the courses at the Diploma Engineering level, have a number of job oriented courses and training programs running under:
1. Community Development through Polytechnic (CDTP),
2. Center for Development of Rural Technology (CDRT)
3. Nodal Center for Entrepreneurship Development
4. Training cum Prototype Extension Centre (TPEC)
5. Common Facility Center
6. Food Craft Institute.
The Polytechnic established Training cum Prototype Extension Centre (TPEC) for man power development and Common Facility Centre (CFC) in 1984. The TPEC is running 2-year training programme based on extensive practical works in two trades, namely "Machinist'' and ''Fitting cum Welding'' where as the CFC is providing facilities to the entrepreneurs who can not afford to have costly and sophisticated machines of their own and can hire these machines at very competitive charges and has almost become self sufficient. The functioning of the Community Polytechnic (which was closed due to non availability of funds) is restarted under new scheme i.e. ''Community Development through Polytechnic'' (CDTP) and under this scheme vocational training programme is carried out in the villages around Aligarh.
More recently, Nodal Center for Entrepreneurship Development has been established and training programme is carried out in various skill developments among engineering and non engineering background persons at nominal fee. This also offers one year Diploma in entrepreneurship in collaboration with IIE Ahmadabad.
The Food Craft Institute was established in the campus with financial assistance of U.P. Government and offering four job oriented courses at craftsman and graduate diploma level.
The institute conducts the following courses:
(1) Diploma Courses*
(a) Food Production (b) Food & Beverage
(c) Bakery & Confectionery (d) House Keeping
(2) Certificate Courses*
(a) Craftsmanship Course in Food & Beverage Services
*The above courses are affiliated to the National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology
(3) Post Graduate Diploma Courses
(a) Accommodation Operation& Management
(b) Travel & Tourism Management
(c) Dietetics & Hospital Food Services
The University Polytechnic being a part of the central university and directly govern by MHRD & UGC and has developed highly specialized labs on continuous basis. Some of the labs may be listed as: Work Shop with CNC machines, Environmental Engineering Lab with Spectro Photometer and Atomic Absorption equipment's, Survey lab with Total Station, Food Technology lab with 50 Lacs grant, Footwear Technology lab, Computer lab, Common Facilities Centre, Library besides the usual laboratories and drawing halls etc. in for different disciplines. The University also provides facilities for games, sports, cultural and literary activities besides the other opportunities enjoyed by the university students
There are about 80 faculty members, most of them having master degree and few of them with doctorate degree. Some teachers are associated with B.E. (Evening) degree level classes. The Polytechnic is providing consultancy services in civil engineering materials testing and civil works/
The polytechnic was awarded a Northern Region award for being the best polytechnic in the region in 1990 and a National award for outstanding work done in the specified area of Engineering and Technology (Institutional Development) in 1991
List of Principals till date are as follows:
1981-1983 Mr. H.A. Al-Hashmi.
1983-1998 Prof. Ziaul Hasan.
1998- 2000 Prof. Siddiq Hasan.
2000- 2001 Prof. Farid Ghani & Prof. V. K. Parashar.
2001- Till Date Prof. Syed Iqbal Ali
Principal administers all academic and administrative affairs. He
functions as a department under faculty of Engineering & Technology,
Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. It has got about 78 teaching
faculty and about 113 technical and non-teaching staff members. The
Polytechnic caters to the educational needs of more than 1300 students
besides about 2000 part time students.
UNIVERSITY POLYTECHNIC AT A GLANCE
Executive Officer : Principal (Chairman of all the BOS.)
No. of sections : 06 (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical,
Architecture, Leather & Footwear
Technology and Applied Science &
Each headed by the Incharge Section.
Each section has its own BOS
In addition to above, classes of B.Sc/M.Sc.
(Industrial Chemistry) are also conducted.
BE (Evening): about 35-45% courses are
engaged by the teachers of University