SIGA Polytechnic College

SIGA Polytechnic College, It is an unaided Christian minority Institution affiliated to the Tamil Nadu State Board of Technical Education and is approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi. SIGA was established in 1952, with just 20 students and a couple of old machines at Basin Bridge in North Chennai.

Sixteen years later, it was shifted to its present campus on Taylors Road in Kilpauk, in 1973, SIGA received Government recognition and was affiliated to the State Board of Technical Education.
In the year 2003, SIGA received the AICTE approval. Today it is a fully equipped Printing Institute with the state-of-art technology to meet all the requirements of modern printing industry.


The Bank Details for the College fees remittance to be paid in INR only.

Bank: The South Indian Bank Ltd,
Branch: Chennai- Kellys,
Branch Code: 0138,
Savings Bank Account No: 0138053000012770
IFSC: SIBL0000138
Name Of the Account Holder: M/s. SIGA Polytechnic
ECS A/C No:0138053000012770

Formal Courses:

Three Years Full Time Diploma in Printing Technology
Eligibility: 10th Pass.

Non Formal Courses Offered:

Three Years Full Time Diploma in Printing Technology
Eligibility: 10th Attempted
Three Years Full Time Diploma in Packaging Design
Eligibility: 10th Pass
Three Years Full Time Diploma in Indian Craft Design
Eligibility: 10th Pass
One Year Full Time P.G Diploma in Art & Design
Eligibility: Any Diploma / Degree
One Month Short Term Course in Graphic Designing and Typesetting (Apple-Mac-Environment)
Eligibility: Any degree or Diploma in Printing / Packaging
One Year Skill Based Hands-On-Training
specialisation in Pre Press/Press/Post Press

CIICP-Short Term Courses with Govt. of Tamil Nadu Certificate:

The academic year starts in June, except for first year GDC which starts usually in July. The institute follows a six day week, Monday through Saturday. Classes begin at 8.25 a.m. with an assembly and end at 5.30 p.m. On Saturdays, however, the Institute closes at 1.00 p.m. Students are expected to be responsible, regular and diligent in the performance of their academic duties and faithful in the observance of the rules and regulations of the institute. Access to the library may be regulated under certain conditions.

Students are required to take great care in handling the books, periodicals and other resource materials in the library. While in the workshop, students are advised to be always attentive and alert, and to take all the precautions necessary for personal safety. Utmost care should be taken to prevent any damage to the machines and equipments. Malfunction or breakdown of any machine should immediately be brought to the notice of the authorities. It is not permissible for any student, during his training period, to take up any other course of study or part-time job or sit for any other exams without the explicit permission of the Principal.

Courses Offered:

SIGA offers two courses of study:

1. The Government Diploma Course (GDC) : This is a three years course leading to DPT (Diploma in Printing Technology). It is offered to students who qualify for it as per the rules and regulations of the Department of Technical Education, Tamil Nadu. The curriculum for the GDC is prepared in accordance with the syllabus prescribed by the State Board of Technical Education. Examinations, at the end of each semester/year, both in theory and practicals, will be conducted by the same Board. The Board may, from time to time, revise, amend, or change the regulations, the scheme of examination and the syllabus.

2. The Siga Diploma Course (SDC): This too is a three years course and is offered to students who do not normally qualify for the Government Diploma due to one reason or another. The SDC syllabus and training programme is similar to that of the GDC. However, it allows greater flexibility and creative use of the curriculum. SDC examinations will be conducted by the institute itself. In the third year of their studies, the SDC students will be required to undergo a six-month Industrial Exposure, to give them an experience of actual industrial situation. At the end of the exposure, each student presents a report which will be assessed by the staff.

Both these courses offer the students ample opportunities to become competent in all aspects of printing. The medium of instruction for both courses is English. Proficiency in English will be a great asset for anyone looking for a career in printing.

3. Advanced Training: Students who have successfully completed their Diploma course in the institute are permitted to apply for an advanced training course of two years duration. The selected trainees will be paid monthly stipend by the management. An Experience certificate will be issued on completion of the course. The two year course will focus on advanced technologies, press management skills, seminars, teaching skills, entrepreneurship, etc.

Requirements for appearing for GDC Examination A candidate will be permitted to appear for the Board Examination, provided that
i) He secures a minimum of 80% of attendance in the particular year/semester.
ii) He earns a progress certificate from the Head of the institution of having satisfactorily completed the course of study prescribed and as required by the regulations; and
iii) His conduct has been satisfactory. Note: In exceptional cases where candidates fall short of the minimum required attendance, exemption may be granted to the candidates for valid reasons as follows:

a) For attendance ranging between 75% to 79%, it is left to the discretion of the Principal of the Institution to grant condonation after careful scrutiny of each case.

b) For attendance ranging between 70% to 74% it will be open to the Chairman of the Board of Examinations to grant exemption to the candidates.

Requirements for Passing For a pass in the Board Examinations, a candidate should secure in theory subjects a minimum of 40 percent marks and for practical subjects a minimum of 50 percent. It should be noted that for every practical subject, out of 100 marks, a maximum of 25 marks will be alotted for the evaluation of the Record Book maintained by the candidate. There is no provision for revaluation of answer scripts under any circumstance. However, candidates can apply for re-totalling, provided such requests, with the prescribed fee, are made through the institution immediately after publication of the results.

Classification of successful candidates

(i) All successful candidates who secure not less than 60 per cent of marks in the Board’s Examinations in all subjects of the Third year shall be declared to have passed the Board’s Examinations in first class, provided that the candidates have passed these examinations at the First appearance itself.
(ii) Other successful candidates shall be declared to have passed in Second Class. There is no provision for revaluation of answer script under any circumstances. However, candidates can apply for retotalling, provided such requests for retotalling with the prescribed fees are made through the Institution immediately after publication of the result.

Eligibility for the Award of Diploma No candidate shall be eligible for the award of Diploma (DPT) unless he has undergone the prescribed course of study in an institution affiliated to the State Board of Technical Education and Training, Tamil Nadu, for a period of not less than three academic years, which is the duration of this course, and he has passed the prescribed examinations in all the years, within the permitted maximum time limit of six years.

Extra curricular activities The students are strongly encouraged to take part in various campus activities. Possibilities for developing one’s talents in sports, music, art, etc. are offered in the institute. Organizing –as well as taking part in – seminars, debates, competitions, etc. on subjects related to printing is encouraged.

1. Siga Social Service Club (SSSC) The SSSC is affiliated to the Institute and managed by the members of the staff. It has as its scope to provide assistance to the poor and needy students. All the students are expected to co-operate with the club to provide timely help to the needy students.

2. Game and Sports. In Don Bosco’s system of education, sports and games are an important factor, since they promote a sound physical development, afford relief from the tension of work, and help effectively in the formation of character. Hence all the students are expected to take an active part in the games and sports conducted by the Institute. Prizes and certificates will be awarded to the winners.

3. Press Visits Students are taken occasionally to visit leading presses, newspaper offices, process engravers, ink factories, paper mills, offset and gravure plants in and around the city.

4. Music and Fine Arts The Institute encourages music, theatricals and dramatics, etc., to develop the aesthetic talents of the students.