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Centre targets ITI in each block by 2018 to boost skill ecosystem

New Delhi, April 27, 2018: Maintaining that ITIs played a vital role in economic development of the country, especially in terms of supplying skilled manpower to industries, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said that the Government’s aim is to ensure one ITI in every block of the country by end 2018. 

“We have focused extensively on moderniaation of our institutes. It is our endeavour to establish at least one Industrial Training Institute in each block of the country by end of 2018,” said Pradhan.

Our aim is to equip the current 26 lakh ITIs with state-of-the-art technology, said Pradhan.

Addressing at a national conference of State Ministers on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Pradhan said, “Vocational training is a concurrent subject and thus it is imperative that Centre and State governments work closely to ensure a paradigm shift in addressing the issues relevant to skill development and identify the gaps in skill development, so as to achieve the objectives in terms of quantity, quality, outreach, and mobility while building this largest human resource exercise that we have undertaken.”

He advised the States to align themselves to reforms being done to our central initiatives like Pradhan MantriKaushalVikasYojana (PMKVY), Pradhan MantriKaushalKendras (PMKK), Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS).”

The conference witnessed the launch of new courses for ITIs for India’s youth, as an endeavour to promote emerging skill areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Robotic Process Automation, Internet of Things, Robotics, Big Data Analytics, 3D Printing, etc. which would be in high demand globally in the coming days. Keeping this in mind an MOU was signed today between Director General of Training (DGT) National Association of Software Services Companies (NASSCOM) for enabling Skill Development & Continuous learning for ITI trainees and trainers.

Recognising the concurrent nature of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), the conference marked the launch of new Affiliation Norms 2018 for ITIs is which restores the primacy of State Government in the ITIs Affiliation process. Affiliation Norms 2018 aims at establishing high quality Institutions for Skill Training in all parts of the country especially the un-served blocks. 

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