How to get machine skills training through ISTC-CSIR Chandigarh Engineering Diploma courses

Are you keen on getting trained skills in hand tools and on the lathe and jig-boring machines through courses with low fees? The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research's Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO) is offering hands-on industry oriented skill-based Diploma programs at the Indo-Swiss Training Centre (ISTC). This article provides complete information on the courses offered, eligibility criteria, course fees, and the 2019 admissions' online application procedure.

The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research's Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO) is conducting industry oriented skill-based Diploma programs at the Indo-Swiss Training Centre (ISTC). These programs will equip students with technical skills that would enable them to seek employment in the manufacturing sector. The courses are open for both boys and girls. However, only boys can apply for campus hostel accommodation on a sharing basis, for which applications have to be done quickly as there are limited rooms.

About the courses

There are four courses offered by CSIR-CSIO, two of which are Diploma courses and two of which are Advanced Diploma courses.

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Tool & Die)

There are 54 seats and the course is for three years, covering six semesters. The first year will be an introduction to milling and lathe machines with workbench training on various measuring instruments and hand tools. The third and fourth semesters of the second year of the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Tool & Die) course will have more extensive practicals on machines with training on special purpose tools and machines in the fifth and sixth semesters of the third year.

Diploma in Electronics Engineering

This course also has 54 seats and the duration is for three years, with six semesters. The training is similar to the above-mentioned course, with technical skills enhanced in the various labs, namely electronics, computers, and mechatronics in the later semesters and project work in the sixth semester of the Diploma in Electronics Engineering course.

Advanced Diploma in Die and Mould Making

This is a four-year course of eight semesters. After studying the same syllabus as the Diploma in Instrument Technology during the first four semesters, you will learn how to work on lathe and milling machines in the fifth semester, know about quality assurance and work on jig-boring machines in the sixth semester, grinding techniques and training of software in the seventh semester, and get more in-depth training on the workbench in the eighth semester.

Advanced Diploma in Mechatronics & Industrial Automation

After studying the same syllabus as the Diploma in Instrument Technology during the first four semesters, the fifth and sixth semesters will focus on practicals in the Electronics lab, practicals in the Computer lab from the fifth to the eight semesters and in the Mechatronics lab in the seventh semester.

Eligibility requirements

Educational Qualifications: You should have passed the Matriculation exam or an equivalent exam from a recognized school /Board with Maths, Science and English as subjects. Those who have appeared in the qualifying exam this year are also eligible to apply.

Age criteria: Those born on or after 1st August 2000 can apply. For SC/ST candidates, those born on or after 1st August 1997 are eligible to apply.

Fitness: You must be physically fit since you are required to undertake heavy-duty jobs and a lot of physical work is involved with tools and machinery equipment.

Selection process

Other than the requisite criteria mentioned above, students will get admission on the basis of merit as per the scores of the entrance test. The test will be conducted by ISTC at Chandigarh on 7th July 2019.

About the Entrance Test

The test will have objective-type questions with multiple choice answers. For each incorrect answer, 25% of the allotted marks will be deducted. The questions will be based on the Class 10 CBSE syllabus. The sections will be Mathematics, Science, Aptitude, English, and General Knowledge.

After the Test

Those who are shortlisted on the basis of merit will be required to attend the admission counseling process. Candidates must check for updates of the counseling schedule and instructions which will be posted on the official websites of ISTC and CSIR-CSIO, as they will not receive any separate letter to attend the counseling. In case you do not attend the counseling as per the date and time, then your seat will be offered to the next meritorious candidate. Also, you must ensure that you fulfill the eligibility criteria in all respects otherwise you will not be allowed to get admission even if you are on the list.

Fees for the courses

The admission fee of Rs.2,500/- is a one-time fee which is non-refundable and the training fee per semester is Rs.17,500/-. There is also a fee of Rs.2,500/- per semester towards the Students' Welfare Fund. The security fee of Rs.5,000/- is a one-time refundable fee. Those who stay in the hostel have to pay a hostel fee of Rs.6,000 per semester and a fee of Rs.150/- for the newspaper/magazine fund.

The fees as mentioned above may change at the time of couselling/admission. Additionally, expenses towards the uniform, stationery items, tool kits, etc., will not be borne by the institute and should be arranged by the trainees themselves. All trainees are also required to get insurance coverage since the use of tools is involved. Freeships are available for meritorious students as well as Post-matric scholarships for students of SC/ST/OBC and minorities' communities.

How to apply

Ensure that you read the instructions and details of the courses in the information brochure before you fill up the application for admission, which is in online mode only, at the ISTC official website or at the CSIO official website. You must have a valid email ID and mobile number for the application process as well as for future communications with the institute.

Make the payment of the cost of Rs.1200/- (this fee is for OBC and General category candidates) towards the cost of the Application form, which includes the exam fee, either in online or in the offline mode at SBI branches (the fee is Rs. Rs. 600/- for SC/ST candidates). Note down the 'DU Reference Number' once you have completed the payment process as this will be required for completing the online application form.

For online mode of payment, you can do so via Net Banking, Debit Card, or Credit Card and take a print out of the online payment done. For offline payment, you can deposit cash in any SBI Branch after taking the print out of 'Pre-Acknowledgement Payment (PAP) Form' generated by SBI Collect. You will need to keep the proof of payment along with a printed copy of the online submitted application form. For online SBI Payment, the website is

Note: You will require for the online application process a scanned recent photo (not older than three months) of size 80 to 100 KB and a scanned image of your signature of size 10 to 20 KB for uploading. Once you have successfully completed the application, a registration number will be issued by the automated system and sent to you on your registered mobile number. Note down this number as it will be required later for various parts of the admission process, entrance test, etc.

You must also keep a print out of the submitted application form with a passport size colour photo (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm and not older than three months) affixed at the appropriate place and the left-hand thumb impression at the appropriate place. Get this form duly attested by a Gazetted officer or the Principal of school/College along with the Fee Deposit Slip. This print out will be required to be produced at the time of counseling, along with all relevant certificates in original.

Important dates

  1. Last date to submit the application: 31st May 2019, up to 5 PM.
  2. Printing of E-Admit Card from the official website: from 12th June 2019, 4 p.m. onward (tentative).
  3. Date of Entrance Test: 7th July 2019 (Sunday), 9.15 AM.
  4. Result of the Entrance Test: by 10th July 2019 (tentative).
  5. Admission Counseling for Session 2019-20: 24th/25th July 2019, 10 AM (tentative).
  6. Courses begin: 29th July 2019, 9 AM

Contact information

The Principal,
Indo-Swiss Training Centre (ISTC)
CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO)
Sector 30 C
Chandigarh-160 030
Ph: +91 0172 2657264, 0172 2657263

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