Shimoga gets new Government Tool Room and Training Centre
The Planning Commission has approved a proposal of the State Government to upgrade the existing 17 Government Tool Room and Training Centres (GT and TCs) in the State and establish a new GT and TC in Shimoga, all at a cost of Rs. 83.25 crore under the one-time additional central assistance programme.
Sources told The Hindu here recently that 30 per cent of the expenditure approved for upgrading the existing GT and TCs and setting up the new centre would be borne by the Union Government and the balance by the State Government. The State Government has released Rs. 20 crore for upgrading the 17 GT and TCs. The sources said that Rs. 66.55 crore would be used for upgrading machinery and equipment in the existing centres. A sum of Rs. 16.70 crore would be used for civil works, including the construction of new blocks in the GT and TCs. For the new GT and TC in Shimoga, the Planning Commission has allocated Rs. 6.90 crore for installation of machinery and equipment.
The highest allocation of Rs. 10.80 crore has been made to the GT and TC in Hubli — Rs. 6.80 crore for civil works and Rs. 4 crore for upgrading machinery and equipment. The GT and TC in Mangalore has been sanctioned Rs. 9.50 crore — Rs. 6 crore for civil works and Rs. 3.50 crore for machinery and equipment.
The sources said that the Bangalore and the Mysore GT and TCs have been sanctioned Rs. 5 crore each for upgrading machinery and equipment. A sum of Rs. 5.50 crore has been sanctioned to the GT and TCs in Belgaum, Rs. 4.60 crore in Lingsugur in Raichur district, Rs. 3.80 crore in Kanakapura, Rs. 3.50 crore each in Maddur, Gulbarga, Gundlupet, Kadur and Humnabad.
The Planning Commission has approved a proposal seeking Rs. 3 crore each to GT and TCs in Kolar and Tumkur.
Meanwhile, the State Government has, in a notification, given its formal approval to the new GT and TC in Shimoga in a rented building till a own building is constructed. It has permitted the centre to start a diploma course in tool and die-making with an intake of 30 candidates. Also, permission has been given to start short duration courses. However, the notification said that these courses should be started only after getting permission from AICTE and the Department of Technical Education.