LAHORE - About 0.15 million students, the highest after Intermediate groups in general education, opted for admission in the Polytechnic Institutes and Colleges of Technology in the Punjab province this year. The students with less merit who do not get admission in the colleges get admission in the polytechnic institutes where the merit ranged from 500 marks to 600. The most popular is the three-year Diploma of Associate Engineer (DAE) in Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering. The parents from less privileged class prefer to send their children for these courses in Polytechnics. The C.Com and D.Com in Polytechnic Institutes equal to Intermediate are also popular among the students who wanted to do their B.Com-IT and M.Com. All these examinations are conducted by the Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE). The admissions in Polytechnic Institutes ended on August 31st where classes too will start from September 1 (today). According to an estimate some one lakh children were admitted in 200 Polytechnic Institutes and 40 Colleges of Technology in the Province and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, majority of them enrolled in DAE. The merit this year was high and the administration had to admit majority students in second shift. As many as 50,000 students were admitted in C.Com and D.Com equivalent to Intermediate in commerce group at the Polytechnic Institutes and some 25,000 in B.Tech. As many as 10,000 students were admitted in other technical and vocational courses of six months to one year duration. This is in addition to the students admitted in TEVTA institutions whose examination is conducted by TEVTA itself. Some of the private institutions offering C.Com and D.Com have obtained affiliation from the Multan Board and universities other than the Punjab University for their graduate programmes. A well number of students took admission in computer courses ACCA, CAT, CFA, CIMA etc The admission trend reflect the desire of Pakistani youth to acquire higher education despite the inflated fee and hard hitting economic conditions. Meanwhile, a fair number of Matriculates desire to search jobs in govt and non-govt organisations, Army, Air force and police establishment according to their eligibility.