Spike in demand, ITIs add 12K seats - ECAS Punjab

Spike in demand, ITIs add 12K seats

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Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 24

Otherwise known for shortage of teaching staff and running outdated courses, the 117 government-run Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the state are giving their private counterparts a run for their money.

25K get admission

The increase of 12,000 seats is in addition to 24,000 existing seats in government ITIs. So far, nearly 25,000 seats have been filled. official

This academic session, an increase of 12,000 seats in popular skill-based courses like fitter, turner, machinist, diesel mechanic, refrigeration and air conditioning, welder, carpenter, draftsman, electrician and electronics mechanic, is attracting more students. Sources in the department said the Union Ministry of Skill Development had given permission for increasing the seats under the dual system of training that ultimately allowed the ITIs to be the resource centres for providing industry-relevant skilled workforce. Figures reveal that in the past 10 years, the number of students admitted at government ITIs had varied between 18,000 and 22,000. Last year, 70,000 students applied for admission, but only 23,000 could make it. Sources said the government had recently sanctioned nearly Rs 16 crore for hiring 600 instructors at the ITIs.

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