The government is going to bring in experts to upgrade its Industrial Training Institutes (ITI). The government-run institutes will soon have industry honchos from the private sector as part of the management.
These institutes provide vocational training to students who have passed Classes 8, 10 or 12. The objective is to provide technical manpower to industries. Maharashtra has the largest concentration of ITI in the country — 400, 20 per cent of the country’s institutes.
“Involving the industry will help make the ITI more market oriented and increase the employability of students. There is a shortage of skilled manpower in the country and upgrading these institutes will benefit both students and the economy,” said J.S. Saharia, principal secretary, higher education. “Public private partnership in education will take the country forward.”
The state will invest Rs 800 crore in ITI over the next four years. Each ITI will have a Institute Management Council (IMC) chaired by the industry expert. The government will be represented through the principal of the institute.
The IMC will help upgrade courses, provide placements and enhance infrastructure.