Half the seats in private vocational training institutes still vacant

  • Musab Qazi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2016 22:48 IST

As the admission process for vocational courses entered its last leg of offline admissions, around 90% seats in the government-run Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) have been filled, but half the seats in private ITIs are still up for grabs.

As of Wednesday, around 1.07 lakh students were admitted — 86,000 to government ITIs and 21,000 to private ITIs — of the more than 3lakh students that had registered with the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training. The remaining students have till the end of August to apply for a seat.

The Centralised Admission Process (CAP), which began on June 27 after a delay of two weeks, consisted of four rounds, in addition to the counselling round. In the final stage — the institution level round — students were required to apply directly to private ITIs for 20% management quota seats and other seats which were not claimed during CAP.

This year, there were 1.33 lakh seats available, 4,000 more compared to last year. Last year, around 19,000 students were admitted to private ITIs through CAP, while 5,000 were allotted seats in the institute-level round. Around 82,000 students secured admission to government ITIs.

Kamal Karanth, MD, India, Kelly Services and KellyOCG said enrolments saw a marginal rise despite sluggish growth in manufacturing industry. “Many who opt for vocational courses seek self-employment,” he said

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