In a bid to promote the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), the Gujarat government is targeting those 4.8 lakh students who failed the Class X board exams.
Despite a large number of ITIs in Gujarat, there are not many takers for the vocational courses offered there. These institutes offer various vocational courses to students who have cleared Class VIII.
This year, however, over 45 per cent students taking the Class X exams of the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) failed — nearly one lakh more than the last year.
With so many students to be “adjusted” in the Class X, the state government is working a way out by looking to increase the number of seats in ITIs so that maximum load could be shared. At present, 1.71 lakh seats in 779 ITIs, run as government, grant-in-aid and self-financed institutes, are open for admission.
“A report is being sought from each district on the number of students who could not clear all subjects and more than two subjects in Class X. They can be given admission in ITIs that offer various vocational courses,” commissioner (schools) Mukesh Kumar told The Indian Express.
Following recent meetings with Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, the education department along with the officials of the labour and employment department officials have been busy calculating the number of students who could be adjusted in the ITIs.
“The aim is to adjust students who have failed Class X in vocational colleges. This will not only revive the vocational courses, but also reduce the burden of the education department on how to manage such a large number of students in Class X,” confirmed a senior official of the labour and employment department.
There is also an analysis under process to estimate if there is any connect between demand for ITIs and number of students failed in each district. For instance, as per the government data , the industrial development in and around districts like Ahmedabad, Surat, Navsari, Vadodara and Bharuch has reflected on a higher preference for students towards ITIs.