The much hyped Punjab skill aptitude test which was launched last year by the Punjab technical education department for all skill courses aspirants to help them identify and choose the proper trade in ITIs as per their skills would not be conducted this session.
Last year, in order to help the ITI aspirants to identify and choose proper trade in the ITIs as per their skill, Punjab technical education department and industrial training department became the first in the country to take the initiative in collaboration with directorate general of employment and training (DGET) to conduct the test.
B Purushartha, director, technical education and industrial training, informed that the test was a pilot project which was conducted last year.
"Last year the test was introduced to help the students choose the trade. The students were also provided with free counselling for selection of appropriate trade. But this time we have made changes and have introduced online counselling for the same," he added.
Purushartha said the system has been upgraded online with online counselling wherein students could choose their trades and institutes as per their choice and could get guidance online.
"At times the students are not aware of the venues available for them. Now they can get information about everything online. The students had to visit the designated institutes of their region for just document verification. As we are not taking any test, there is a need to check and verify their documents. The selection of the candidates would be done as per the merit of their documents," he added.
The department of technical education and industrial training is running 66 different trades (engineering and non engineering) in different sectors at 112 government and 234 private ITIs running in the state.
Around 17 ITIs are designated in Doaba region for providing further counselling and document verification.
The counselling sessions are in progress online. The second counselling will be conducted from June 29 to July 2, the third from July 10 to July 13 and the fourth from July 22 to 26.
He added that the admission would be given on merit basis as there were fixed number of seats in each college for each course.
This time the classes for the selected students after all the counselling would start from August 3.
The students of class 8, 10 and 12 could apply as per their interest trades.
Purushartha said that all the principals and staff have been instructed to visit the schools, panchayats and villages to motivate students about ITI courses and its benefits, including job opportunities and self employment. He said that the students could visit their designated institutes to get help for filling up the forms.
Doaba region institutes
Government ITI Hoshiarpur, Government ITI Women Hoshiarpur; Hariana, Talwara, Tanda, Garhshankar, Mehrchand ITC Jalandhar, Government ITI Women Jalandhar, Kartarpur, Bhogpur, Nakodar, Ramgarhia ITI Phagwara, Government ITI Women Phagwara, Government ITI Kapurthala, Talwandi Choudhrian, Government ITI Women Kapurthala, Sultanpur Lodhi.
The trades available in the region in government and private ITIs include draughtsman civil and mechanical, fitter, IT, machinist composite, machinist grinder, instrument mechanic, mechanic refrigerator and AC, turner, electrician, automobile, carpenter, plumber, steno English, steno Punjabi, welder (gas and electric), forger and heat treater, cutting and sewing, embroidery and needle work, fashion technology, hair and skin care, photography, electrician, dress making, textile wet processing technology, mechanic dental laboratory equipment, secretarial practice and many more. The duration of trades vary from one year to two years.