Assam plans more ITIs

It has decided to set up Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in each sub-division across the state

Guwahati: Industrially backward Assam has decided to set up Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in each sub-division across the state with an aim to develop a pool of skilled manpower for industrial development.

Official sources said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has instructed the Labour and Employment Department to gear up and indentify the places for setting up of the ITIs and start work soon.

Gogoi, recently held a meeting with the concerned officials and said works in five ITIs in Boko, Ghilamora, North Karimganj, Lidu and Titabor will start soon and proposals for setting up another 10 new ITIs are under consideration. Gogoi, said the state government plans to set up one ITI in each district sub-division and a skill development centre in each development block across the state.

“The Chief Minister is strongly emphasising on industrial development of the state and for that there is a need of skilled manpower. So the new ITIs being planned keeping in mind to improve the industrial skills of youths of the state and generate employment in the state,” said government officials here.

The sources said the state government was willing to set up ITIs in public-private-partnership mode and there was a scope in this regard in order to provide with skills for self-employment and economic development.

Assam, at present has few ITIs but those are situated in big towns including the capital city of Guwahati. Hundreds of students and youths in small towns and rural areas are looking for quality training institutes at affordable fees.

“As industrial and business activity is gradually increasing in the state there is a huge demand for technical education. Many youths are going outside for technical education as there is less number of quality training organisations particularly in small towns. Keeping this in mind, the government is planning more ITIs to offer the youths with education and skill development opportunities,” said the government source.