The number of students applying for admission to pursue courses in the state’s Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) has gone up by 23%, compared to last year, according to data provided by the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training (DVET).
The city has also seen a 36% rise in the number of applications received at ITIs, revealed the data.
According to the DVET data, the state has 871 ITIs — 417 of which are government-run, while 454 are run by the private sector — that train approximately 1.09 lakh students. This year, the state received 2.82 lakh applications — almost thrice the number of students admitted — from aspirants seeking admission to ITIs in the state.
Experts said ITIs offer job guarantee and also provide avenues for self-employment, which could be the reasons why many want get trained. Yogesh Patil, deputy director, DVET, said, “The government offers job placements depending on the industry’s requirement. In 2014, we could place 58,000 pass-outs and still had placements for another 34,000.”
ITI programmes are popular among students from the economically backward families in rural areas. However, the demand is surging in the city as well. According to the DVET data, 12,474 students from Mumbai applied for the common admission process, compared to 9,334 applications received last year.
DS Jagtap, principal, Government Industrial Training Institute, Andheri, said, “Training for trades is given at an early age. So, it helps students get a good salary when they are just 18. The minimum stipend for apprenticeship is Rs8,000, which is decent.”
While principals credit the government’s emphasis on skill development for the growing popularity of ITIs, they also said that the government is neglecting the institutes. They suggest that many students who enrol in ITIs drop-out before completing the course as they are unable to pay the fees. Sanjay Boraste, principal, MVP ITI, Nashik, said, “The state doesn’t reimburse the tuition fees of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other reserved category students. Why this step-motherly treatment to ITIs?”