The Punjab government on Sunday approved the construction of five industrial training institutes (ITIs) and sanctioned Rs 36.40 crore for the purpose.
Stating this, a government spokesperson said the new ITIs would be opened in the areas which were unrepresented and where local demand and land was available.
The new institutions are proposed to be opened at Gurdaspur, Ludhiana, Ropar, Mohali and Fatehgarh Sahib.
The spokesperson also informed that the capacity of each ITI would be 400-500. Twenty trades for skill development will be taught at these institutions. According to the spokesperson, 3-5 acres of land will be required for the buildings to be constructed and the land shall be provided by the panchayat or the local civic body.
The recurring expenditure of new ITIs will be met by the state government.
The spokesperson said in the existing it is, new emerging technology trades of computer hardware, auto electrician, fashion technology, consumer electronics and driver-cum-mechanic shall be started as per the requirement and growing demand of the industrial and service sectors.
Computer labs with internet connectivity and multimedia will be set up in all 112 government-run ITIs. For this purpose, Rs 52 crore were received from the Centre during 2012-13. No expenditure was incurred in 2012-13 and 2013-14, respectively.
The spokesperson said an outlay of Rs 36.40 crore was provided for the Annual Plan 2014-15.