The Punjab government has increased the scholarship amount under the apprenticeship training scheme so as to encourage the youth to go for apprenticeship training. All ITI (industrial training institute) students have to undergo mandatory training programme under the Learning Training Act, 1961.
Punjab technical education and industries minister Madan Mohan Mittal said ITI students had to undergo one-year training programme and students passing Class 10 and 8 had to undergo two and four-year direct training programme, respectively.
The minister said the monthly scholarship for the first year has been enhanced from Rs. 1,490 to Rs. 2,100; for second year from Rs. 1,700 to Rs. 2,400; third year, from Rs. 1,970 to Rs. 2,800; and fourth year from Rs. 2,220 to Rs. 3,100.
He said this initiative had been taken to encourage students to go for professional education to compete at national and international levels and make themselves self-employed.
The minister said the department of technical education had tied up with the education department for this purpose. He said the Punjab government had approved two government institutions government press, Patiala, and government basic training centre, Hoshiarpur and from the private sector, Punjab Tractor Limited, Mohali; DCM engineering products, Ropar; Leader Engineering Works Limited, Jalandhar; and Mugal Goetage India Limited, Bahadurgarh, for apprenticeship training.