Admission to vocational courses has been under scanner for some time now, especially because of the declining number of students opting for such courses. However this year, principals of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) have blamed the dismal numbers, especially in private institutes, on the lack of coordination among officials at the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET) which led to a three-week delay in starting the admissions process this year.
“More than 3 lakh students had registered for 1.32 lakh seats in institutes across the state shows that there still is a demand for vocational courses. While seats in government run institutes are still filled, private institutes are facing the brunt of this delay,” said D W Patne, secretary of the Association of Non-Government ITIs in the state. While the scheduled date for registration was supposed to be June 14, the process finally started on June 28 as the DVET had not finalized an online service provider to put together a website to conduct the admissions process.
According to figures released by DVET, 91% of the 1.8 lakh seats in government institutes were filled by the end of the admission season this year, but only 52.6% of the 41843 seats in private ITIs were filled up. “Some courses, including cutting, sewing and stenography have few or no takers at all, so it becomes difficult to fill seats in these courses. We have done our best to allot all seats this year and the final results have been good,” said Yogesh Patil, deputy director, DVET.