Few takers for skill development as students shy away from ITI ecosystem

Key concern: Gap between industry requirement and what's taught

Debarghya SanyalShiva Rajora New Delhi
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The Union Budget for FY24 has responded well to these industry suggestions with 30 Skill India International Centres to be set up across different states for youth looking for opportunities abroad and to absorb the best practices

W L Rajkumar, a 25-year-old from Arunachal Pradesh, has recently joined the Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI) based in Okhla in New Delhi for a course in mechanical draughtsmanship. Rajkumar has flown all the way from Papum Pare, the only district in Arunachal with two government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), to join the private technical institute.

According to data on the portal of the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT), the ITI in Yupia, Papum Pare, has admitted only 90 students against 268 seats. The other ITI in the same district, located in Sagalee, shows that not even one student has been admitted to its 240 seats.
Rajkumar says most of the students from his neighbourhood and around who want to obtain vocational degrees in technical and industrial training have either flown out to private technical institutes in major metropolitan cities or are pursuing online courses.

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First Published: Feb 20 2023 | 11:29 AM IST

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