The Andhra Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the Government to revise the fee structure in private Industrial Training Centres (ITCs) and help their survival.

The Andhra Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the Government to revise the fee structure in private Industrial Training Centres (ITCs) and help their survival.

In a letter addressed to the Principal Secretary, Labour Employment Training and Factories Department, chamber president M. Murali Krishna represented the cause of the Krishna District Private ITI Management Association, drawing the Government’s attention to the ‘anomalies’ faced by private ITIs.

Mr. Murali Krishna pointed to the low fee structure fixed in 2000 at Rs.2,000 per student and enhanced to Rs.3,500 the next year and said it was far from adequate to meet the annual expenditure incurred towards payment of staff salary, machinery repairs, maintenance, purchase of stationary, computer, internet and DTP charges and other expenses.

He said that a few years ago, the Krishna district alone had nearly 50 private ITIs which had been reduced to less than 30 now.

He said that the main demands of the association included enhancing of the fee to Rs.7000 per annum, steps to allow students who complete two years of ITI to join second year polytechnic based on an entrance test, avoiding of delay in distribution of scholarship to eligible students, and steps to provide employment to students from the backward classes immediately after completion of the course.

He also wants enhancement of overall standards to attract a large number of students to these institutes and immediate implementation of the court verdict which has directed the Government to revise the fee structure.

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