A Polytechnic is a higher education technical institution which offers courses in various industrial arts and applied sciences. There are various types of polytechnics in India - government owned polytechnics, private polytechnics, women's polytechnic and so on. Polytechnics offers courses for which minimum qualification is 10th pass. Polytechnics offer degree courses which enable the students to perform basic engineering tasks. That is why these courses are like short version of courses, offered in engineering colleges. Most of these provide three year duration diploma courses in engineering. These institutions are affiliated to state technical boards and not with any university. The All India Council of Technical Education is the regulating authority for polytechnics in India. After successfully completing their diploma in polytechnics, students can gain lateral entry to engineering degree (under graduate) courses called B.E. which are conducted by engineering colleges affiliated to universities. Polytechnics are the cheapest medium available to promote technical education. Polytechnics are mostly meant for candidates who want to get employed as soon as possible, to kick start of their career.