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We Aim To Ensure ITI In Every Block Of The Country By 2018: Dharmendra Pradhan

The conference witnessed the launch of new courses for ITIs for India’s youth, as an endeavour to promote emerging skill areas

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Emphasising on the need for strengthening institutional mechanisms for skill development at the State level and bringing in a more robust framework, Union cabinet minister Dharmendra Pradhan, and Anand Kumar Hegde, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, today launched an array of initiatives at a day long State Ministers Conference held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi today. The workshop saw a participation from more than 90 percent of the States, discussing the skills agenda.

The conference witnessed the launch of new courses for ITIs for India’s youth, as an endeavour to promote emerging skill areas such Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Robotic Process Automation, Internet of Things, Robotics, Big Data Analytics, 3D Printing, etc. which would be in high demand globally in coming days. 

Recognising the concurrent nature of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), the conference marked the launch of new Affiliation Norms 2018 restoring the primacy of State Govt in the Affiliation process. Affiliation Norms 2018 aims at establishing high quality Institutions for Skill Training in all parts of the country especially the un-served blocks.  To ensure transparency in the affiliation process, a Portal has also been designed and was launched at the event. The portal has a three-stage processwhich simplifies the overall affiliation process.

MSDE also today announced a Self-Grading exercise for ITIs to provide “Star Rating” to each institute, to ensure quality assessment of ITI and a healthy competition between them. 

Addressing the State representatives, Pradhan said, “Vocational Training is a concurrent subject and thus it is imperative that Centre and State governments work closely to ensure a paradigm shift in addressing the issues relevant to skill development and identify the gaps in skill development, so as to achieve the objectives in terms of quantity, quality, outreach, and mobility while building this largest human resource exercise that we have undertaken. The States should align themselves to reforms being done to our central initiatives like Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKK), Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS).”

He further added, “Industrial Training Institutes played a vital role in economic development of the country, especially in terms of supplying skilled manpower to industries. We have focused extensively on upgradation and modernization of our institutes. It is our endeavour to establish at least one ITI in each block of the country by end of 2018.”

MSDE also today commenced its partnership with Ministry of Home Affairs which has "Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation Scheme for Left Wing Extremists", where surrendered Left-Wing Extremists can take admission in an institute and they are supported with stipend amounting to Rs 6000/- per month for a maximum period of three years. 

Urging the States to take the mission to the last mile, Hedge said, “We have introduced an array of schemes and initiatives today, but the real results will only be seen when they reach the masses. Our endeavour both at the Centre and State level should result in transforming the life of the person living in the last mile. Skill India should be reverberated amongst the youth to create a movement for nation building.We will have to give focus to adapting ourselves to skill education along with conventional education. We would want support from all the States. Only Skill development can change the future of the country.”

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