7800 Seats Increased In Technical Education Institutes

Chandigarh, July 16, 2015: The Department of Technical Education & Industrial Training, Punjab has increased 7800 seats in the Technical Education institutes in the state during current year besides introducing more industry relevant trades. Besides this, a target to train about 2.5 lakh persons has also been fixed for this year.
Divulging the details, the Technical Education and Industrial Training Minister, Punjab, Madan Mohan Mittal said that these steps have been formulated to ensure the employability of the youth of the state by providing them skill training in the trades as per demands of the industrial sector. He also informed that the department has undergone a big rationalization drive based on inputs from various stakeholders like principals, industry partners etc. based on which irrelevant trades were discontinued.
Elaborating further, the Minister informed that steps have been initiated to provide the required infrastructure and manpower. In this regard 268 teaching and 34 non teaching faculties have been newly recruited for the ITIs. He divulged that the department has also taken various steps for placement of the trainees. Around 300 campus interviews and 51 job fairs were organized during the last year wherein more than 9800 trainees were placed in reputed industries.
Coming to the important aspect of skill development, the Minister said that State Skill Development Mission has been set up to effectively implement of various skill development initiatives in the State
Divulging more details about skill development, the Minister said that Multi-Skill Development Centers (MSDCs) are planned at each District in the State. The main centre at the district level ITI will serve as a hub and smaller centers at other ITIs in the district will serve as spokes. In the first phase, MSDCs are being set up at Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Bathinda and Hoshiarpur, which would then be replicated at other locations. The industry specific demand driven courses shall be started at these centers. Besides, five new ITI's are also being set up at Adampur (Jalandhar), Maloud (Ludhiana), Niari (Gurdaspur), Singhpura (Roop Nagar) and Manakpur Sharif (Mohali).
Touching the vital aspect of providing requisite training to the faculty, the Minister said that for this purpose a Regional Vocational Training Institute is being set up at Balongi (SAS Nagar) exclusively for women. With the temporary arrangements admission for this year has been started at ITI (w) Rajpura.  Another institute for Training of Trainers is also being set up at Lalru to prepare instructors in various trades. The institute shall not only cater to the State of Punjab but the neighboring six States shall also be benefited. 
Thursday, July 16, 2015