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Encouraging response for skill development via ITI route

 There is a phenomenal rise in the number of government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) with the number reaching 48 National Council for Vocational Training certified institutes from a meagre 23 across State in the past 17 years.

The student intake has also risen substantially to about 29,000 by 2017 from just 3, 656 in 2000, said officials adding the growth is both in horizontal and vertical dimensions.

Secretary Skill Development and Technical Education Sanjay Kumar Singh recently reviewed the progress with the senior officials of the Department, they added.
Out of the 25 new ITIs opened during the period, 15 are in backward Kalahandi, Bolangir, Koraput (KBK) districts, they said.
In the last academic session, around 10, 894 students took admission in government ITIs which include 1,924 students in SC categories and 1, 968 students in ST categories.
The officials said that the Skill Development & Technical Education Department is mandated for expansion of capacity, improvement of quality and facilitation of the under-privileged students to pursue the technical education through ITIs, Polytechnics, and Engineering Colleges.
In order to take the advantage of demographic transition in the State with the emergence of youth as the dominant segment of the society, focus on their skill development has also become central to the priorities of this department, officials added.
The ITIs are treated as model resource centres or the backbone of all skill development activities.
Officials said importance has been given for quality infrastructure, hostels, clean & green campus, ICT infrastructure, IT Labs, communication labs and smart class rooms for improving the quality of teaching and training.
To improve quality education, discipline and punctuality of staff and students, academic audit of ITIs, ranking of ITIs, monthly internal exam systems, monthly review through social media, event celebration, etc. have been introduced, they added.
The officials also emphasized that steps are being taken for improving the enrolment of girls in the ITI training system.
An official said World Youth Skills Day is also observed as ‘Girl Child Day’ and hence attempts are being made by the Government to raise the enrolment to about 30 per cent from the current 6-7 per cent.
The Girl students of 9th and 10th standard of High Schools visit workshops of ITIs in a structured manner, he said.
The officials pointed out that they have also set up a special ITI for PwD at Jatni, Khurda last session in a bid to bring the differently-abled youth into productive workforce.
In order to meet the critical gap of good quality trainers for the ITIs and rest of the skill development sector, we have set up Biju Pattnaik IToT at Talcher in Angul district, the officials claimed.
One more IToT in partnership with CTTC, Ministry of MSME in Bhubaneswar and five more IToTs in PPP mode with Viable Gap Funding on equipment are in the pipeline, the officials informed.
The Government has constituted Governing Bodies in all ITIs with district Collector as the Chairman, and for restricting drop outs and absenteeism in ITIs, biometric attendance system and academic audit of ITIs by the senior officials of Polytechnics and Directorate have been introduced.
Notably, Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA), led by its Chairman Subroto Bagchi, is leading from the front for skilling youths of the state.
OSDA has adopted the mission “Skilled in Odisha – will Go Global” and has taken sincere steps to translate it into reality.
Under Chief Minister’s Employment Generation Programme, OSDA has taken up an ambitious target of skilling 11 lakh youths during 2014-15 to 2018-19, and so far more than 4, 69, 000 youths have been trained in various sectors.
The main target groups under the scheme are High School and +2 drop-out students.


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