Admissions in Industrial Training Institutes have begun and
it seems that rising number of applicants will outnumber the seats which are
available in ITIs. In past two years there has been a spike of 14.46 percent in
the number of applicants applying for the skill development courses and the
enrolment figures have improved by 8.02 percent. In comparison to the number of
applicants applying the increase in the number of seats is only 5.9 percent.
The admission process was flagged off on Monday by the Directorate
of Vocational Education and Training (DVET) under which candidates who are
interested in vocational courses can apply to 1.33 lakh available seats.
“Some courses are for two years. In such courses, we
increase batch sizes every alternate year,” said Yogesh Patil, deputy director
of DVET, adding that the intake capacity is decided after consulting industry experts.
The intake capacity is determined by the DVET in accordance
with the sectors where the demand for the skilled labor is high. “While
deciding the intake capacity, we ensure that the exact number of apprenticeship
opportunities are available,” said Patil.
ITIs offer vocational and industrial training to the
students in order to increase their skills so that they can get jobs. These
courses are available to anyone who has studied till class X and was unable to
complete the senior secondary certificate exam.
"Over the past few years, the DVET has made
efforts to introduce unconventional courses and certain courses haven't taken
off. Some students take up the course when they don't get admission to a
desired course and drop out midway. There is also a lack of awareness," said
John Almeida, principal of Joseph Cardijn Technical Private Industrial Training
Centre in Dadar.