Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Government has decided not to give grant-in-aid to new industrial training institutes (ITIs) from this financial year (2010-11) but has instead decided to release student-based funds to new institutes. Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, Labour Minister B.N. Bache Gowda said the Government would release Rs. 6,000 per student annually to each new institute that would offer different trades, from the current financial year. The department has received many proposals from various institutes seeking permission to set up ITIs. The State would have 3,000 institutes in the next three years, he said.

At present, about 1,000 institutes, both in the private and government sector, offer various trades. There are 146 government institutes. The current intake of various institutes is about 1.35 lakh a year, Mr. Gowda said.

Purpose of fund

The student-based fund would enhance the quality of training and impart skills to students. Besides allocating land, the Labour Department would reimburse 25 per cent of the total investment incurred by the private institutions to set up an ITI on the public-private partnership model, he said.

Skill development centres have been offering courses ranging from three to six months in 114 backward taluks. The Central Government would release Rs. 1.5 crore annually to each centre that has been operating in some taluks. The department has proposed to start 563 such centres in the State, he added. The department has proposed to open 158 Centres of Excellence for skill development of unemployed educated youth. The cost of each centre would be Rs. 2 crore, the Minister said.

Vacant posts

Referring to health insurance of employees in the organised sector, he said about 21 lakh employees in the State are eligible to avail the facility under the Employees State Insurance (ESI) in the State following the Centre's decision to increase the income limit of employees from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 a month. Nearly 50 per cent of doctors' posts are vacant in ESI hospitals in the State, he said.