The Punjab government on Monday approved a Rs 3,300-crore plan for the expansion and upgradation of the technical education department, under which 43 new ITIs and 2,500 skill development centres will be established.
Disclosing this, technical education minister Anil Joshi said the newly approved plan includes setting up of 43 new ITIs in uncovered blocks at a cost of Rs 1,200 crore. With this, the number of seats in ITIs will go up from 50,000 to 4 lakh, he said.
"The new ITIs will focus on emerging technologies according to the changing needs of the industry so that the employability of ITI apprentices could be ensured," said Joshi.
He said 2,500 new skill development centres had been approved under the Kaushal Vikas Yojana at a cost of Rs 1,800 crore.
Emphasising on the need to follow up on projects under centrally sponsored schemes, Joshi said officers would ensure that the utilisation certificate required for release of central funds is issued without any delay.
He said lots of funds were available under various skill development schemes, which had not been released for want of utilisation certificate and lack of proper follow-up.