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PTI & HT Correspondent
Chandigarh, March 21, 2013
India's leading car-maker Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) on Thursday adopted five industrial training institutes (ITIs) of Punjab.
The technical education department, Punjab, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the MSIL for the upgradation of technical education institutes in the state, an official release said here.

The MoU was signed by B Purushartha, director, technical education, on behalf of the state government, and Rajesh Uppal, executive director, MSIL, on the company's behalf.

As per the agreement, MSIL has adopted the ITIs at Amritsar, Bassi Pathana, Pathankot, Malerkotla and Nabha.

These ITIs were adopted in the public-private participation (PPP) mode with the objective of training and creating a pool of employable youth for the automobile and allied industries.

More than 2,000 youngsters in the Punjab region are expected to directly benefit through this initiative, the release said.

Speaking on the occasion, Uppal said both sides would develop the plan for ITIs, defining long-term goals, besides chalking out strategies for dealing with challenges faced by institutes.

Joshi directed department officials to work for skill development in the state. He stated that as per the MoU, both parties would work to improve the quality of training to upgrade these ITIs into centres of excellence, leading to better employment opportunities for students.

AR Talwar, principal secretary, technical education, said the department was committed to providing best placement opportunities to students by collaborating with multi-national companies (MNCs) around the globe.