ITIs to be skill development hubs

Staff Reporter

Training programme like the one held in Medak planned for all districts: Chenga Reddy

Minister says the plan is to realise potential for 2.55 lakh jobs

Workshop of polytechnic and ITI principals, chairmen of Institute Management Committees

VISAKHAPATNAM: The State Government is laying emphasis on improving the quality of technical education and skill development and short-term courses in industrial training institutes (ITIs) to create better employment opportunities, Minister for Law, Technical Education and ITIs R. Chenga Reddy has said.

Addressing a regional workshop of polytechnic and ITI principals, chairmen of Institute Management Committees (IMC) and correspondents of private ITIs and employment officers here on Tuesday, he said 450 candidates were trained in Medak in three trades and such a programme was planned in all the districts with a view to realising the potential for 2.55 lakh jobs. There was a dearth of surveyors too and 10,000 persons were required. The National Council for Vocational Training will issue certificates for short-term courses. The Government of India had been promoting ITIs as centres of excellence and so far sanctioned 25 for the State and 17 in public-private partnership.

The Minister said the views expressed by the participants here would be placed before the Chief Minister at a meeting to be held on December 14.

Principal Secretary, Labour, Employment and Training, Bhanwarlal, said the State Government would get Rs.225 crores under three schemes from the Central Government. The schemes were part of the vocational programme the Prime Minister had promised in his Independence Day speech. In the last two months, schemes at an outlay of Rs.25,000 crores were announced. The ITIs promoted as centres of excellence were able to get placement for all the candidates. Improving quality and introducing latest machinery were essential.

Commissioner of Technical Education L. Premachandra Reddy felt the intake of polytechnic students should be increased to fill the gaps at supervisory and field level.

Commissioner of Employment and Training Satish Chandra said IMCs headed by industrialists would play a key role in introducing short-term courses that were relevant to the local needs, using resources to the optimum, providing machinery and scrap and training for in service workers too. The State Government was also ready to fund the short-term courses under Rajiv Udyogsree programme, he said.

At present, the skilled workers were only 5 per cent of the total workforce but it was estimated that at a future point of time every fourth worker in the world would be an India, he said highlighting the growth prospects. Construction, textiles, automotives, tourism and manufacturing were some of the sectors with vast potential.

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