Over 1.85 lakh students studying across 600 Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) in the state are soon going to avail latest machinery, equipment and softwares at par with the latest industry requirements as the department of higher and technical education has sanctioned nearly Rs 100 crore for revamping the existing setups.
The major facelift will benefit students starting this academic year itself as institutes have been asked to send in proposals of their needs to the department. Some of the institutes are soon to launch the new facilities during the second semester.
Most of this budget will be spent replacing old and outdated machinery, softwares and tools with industry-suiting ones, as the courses are now being fine-tuned to the present-day requirements of skilled labour. “With the growing emphasis on skilled labour, there is focused approach on designing syllabi and providing supplementary practical learning to students solely to give them an upper hand in becoming employed,” said a senior official from the Pune office of vocational training and education.
It was in 2014 when the whole syllabi was revised last while some of the courses were clubbed to form one course. Similarly, last year, 10 ITI courses were revised. “Though there are some kind of additions made in the syllabus every year, this year, as many as 10 courses have undergone revision of syllabus of up to 20 per cent, incorporating the latest industry and technological requirements,” said Prakash Saigaonkar, principal of Government ITI, Aundh.
Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad together house three ITIs which impart skill-based learning to over 5,000 students. Asked about the overall trend of students’ preferences for technical courses, officials said higher number of girls are opting for courses, which until a few years ago, had enrolments of boys.
“Of the total 1,704 student admissions confirmed this year, nearly 25 per cent students are girls. They have even enrolled for courses like draftsman (civil and mechanical), mechanics and electronics, which are common courses chosen by boys,” said Saigaonkar. Aundh ITI has submitted a proposal for procuring newer machinery worth Rs 1 crore and is awaiting response from the government.