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India’s Industrial Training Institute ecosystem is revamped and will have a new look

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Mumbai: India will see a paradigm shift in the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) ecosystem as the government has lined a host of initiatives to revamp and reinvigorate it. Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) recently given a new entity to the ITIs, by unveiling a new logo for the system.  “For the first time in 67 years, we have designed and unveiled a logo for the ITIs. There was no logo so far. We are ensuring that our industrial institutes turn into world class centre of excellence for skill training with global best practices,” the minister added.

An MoU has been signed between MSDE and Indian Space Research Organisation on a national-wide space-based distance-learning program. This partnership will cover 2300 ITIs and 31 Advance Training Institutes across the country in the first phase of implementation and will help scale up skill training initiatives at a rapid rate.

Over the next one year, the capacity of ITIs will further enhanced from 18.5 lakhs to 25 lakhs and over 5000 new ITIs will be opened, the minister informed. MSDE also signed an MoU with National Institute of Open Schooling under the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, which will create vertical and horizontal mobility path ways between the formal and vocational education streams, giving ITI graduates the opportunity to pursue formal education, if they choose to do so.

To recognize the contribution of Industrial Training Institutes, the government has awarded Industrial Training Institutes of 19 States on basis of best placements given to their students. In Delhi, the Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Pusa won the award for the best institute in the State while Mr Lok Pal, Principal, ITI – Pusa, won the award for the best principal.

Some other steps taken to revamp the ITIs system as followed:  Long term skill development courses (ITIs) is being provided with academic equivalence with formal education, through bridge courses – Two-year ITI course could soon be equivalent to Class 12; and AICTE has permitted 500 polytechnics to run ITI courses across the country.

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