Minister of State for Labour P.T. Parameshwara Naik on Wednesday assured the Legislative Council that the annual examinations of the Industrial Training Institutes, conducted by State Council for Vocational Training Examinations, would be held on time, so as to enable successful candidates to get lateral entry to diploma courses.

Responding to a question by A.H. Shivayogi Swamy, Mr. Naik said he was also concerned about the inability of successful candidates gaining admission to diploma courses.

‘Erratic system’

Dr. Swamy said the erratic examination system adopted by the council has been affecting the future of many candidates.

ITI holders were offered 10 per cent seats in diploma courses and they were being deprived of the same because of delayed examination and results. This year, the examinations were held in September, Dr. Swamy said. He also pointed out that except KSRTC and KPTCL/Escoms, not many government departments and institutions were recruiting ITI holders. He urged the department to set right the anomaly.

Meeting soon

Responding to this, Mr. Naik said he would soon convene a meeting of all the employers concerned and impress upon the need to recruit ITI holders.

He said the government has accorded sanction to open 100 more ITIs in backward areas across the State, to provide vocational education to all. At present, there are 158 government and 1,344 private ITIs in the State with 31,201 and 72,500 intake respectively.

Construction academy

In a written response to Bharathi Shetty on construction workers, the Labour Minister said the department is planning to open Bharat Ratna Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya Construction Academy to impart training to construction workers.

He said the academy is being planned on the lines of Construction Academy in Hyderabad, where skill enhancing training is being offered to construction workers. Mr. Naik said there are 3,32,467 construction workers in the State.

  • This year, the examinations were held in September

  • Meeting soon to impress upon employers the need to recruit ITI holders