Diploma in Engineering
The Diploma of Engineering Studies aims to provide students with the ability to communicate effectively in English; a sound knowledge of basic engineering, scientific, computing and mathematical techniques; a knowledge of, and ability to apply, basic problem solving techniques; and basic knowledge and skills in one of the following fields: civil engineering; computer systems engineering; electrical and electronic engineering; environmental engineering; geographic information systems; mechanical engineering; mechatronic engineering or surveying and many more engineering/vocational/technical subjects.
In many Countries such as India, successful completion of the Diploma of Engineering Studies (subject to course selection) allows articulation (also known as Lateral Entry) into the second year of Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Technology programs.
Diploma in Engineering in India 
In India a Diploma in Engineering is a specific academic award usually awarded in technical/vocational courses e.g. Engineering, Pharmacy, Designing, etc. Studies of Diploma in Engineering is usually held in Polytechnic institutes recognized by respective State Boards of Technical Education/Examination (e.g. Uttar Pradesh Board of Technical Education) and/or State Departments/Directorates of Technical Educations (e.g. Directorate of Technical Education, U.P., Department of Technical Education, U.P.) and All India Council for Technical Education. Each State has its state technical education board Which conducts diploma courses. The Different boards are 1.State council for technical education and vocational training, Orissa (SCT&VT Orissa)
On successful completion of Part- I & II Technician Examination of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (India), it is equivalent to Diploma in Mechanical Engineering as per Ministry of HRD, Govt of India circular.
Diploma in Engineering is highly recognized in India as the students comes with Strong hands-on practical & Engineering experience. Professionals holding Diploma in Engineering usually start their career as Junior Engineers.
Diploma Holders are eligible for Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers (A.M.I.E), which is equivalent to the BE Degree. Diploma holders are also eligible for lateral entry to the third semester Engineering Courses in various Technical Universities like UPTU, VTU, etc.
Status of Diploma in Engineering with respect to other Degrees 
Diploma in engineering in comparison to corresponding Bachelor of engineering or technology is lower but equivalent to comparative bachelor of science degree, e.g. diploma in engineering in electronics is lower in rank than bachelor of technology in electronics engineering but is equivalent to bachelor of science i.e. BSc in electronics or diploma in engineering in computers is lower in rank than bachelor of technology in computer engineering but is equivalent to bachelor of science i.e. BSc in computer science. Also Diplomas are little bit specific in nature e.g. Diploma in Engineering of Electronics Engineering may be in Advanced Communication Systems (ACS) or Integrated Circuits (IC) or Industrial Electronics (IE), etc.
Guidelines of AICTE for Diploma in Engineering 
As per All India Council for Technical Education guidelines the minimum qualification for admission to diploma programmes in engineering should be a pass in the 10+ (Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination) with in Science and Mathematics in a single sitting. The duration of Diploma programme in Engineering will be not less 3 years, after 10th standard unless specified otherwise by the AICTE. The duration of new programmes in emerging technology areas as well as those based on flexible modular structures with multipoint entry will have to be considered separately.