There might be some good news for the students in the national capital. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said while inaugurating an ITI at Mongolpuri on March 9 that the government is planning to expand the capacity of Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in the city to absorb one-lakh students with a projected outlay of Rs 1,000 crore.
He said that every year about 2.5 lakh class 12 students pass out, of whom 1.25 lakh are absorbed in existing colleges but the remaining, mostly from poor background are unable to get admission. In the new ITI, nearly 1500 students will be accommodated, built up at a cost of Rs 15.9 crore on an acre of land.
It is estimated that creating capacity for one lakh students will require Rs 1,000 crore and 100 acres of land. So, he will be looking into it, whether capacity can be created if education department is given money and land.
The government achievement is visible in the fact that the foundation stone of ITI Mongolpuri was laid in August 2008 and construction was completed in July 2015. It was started with around 500 students from August 5 last year, but the students' intake from the coming session is to be increased to 1,440.
Also, the government was able to complete a flyover in Rs 200 crore with an estimated cost of Rs 325 crore and an ITI which was expected to cost Rs 24 crore was constructed with Rs 16 crore. The saved money is being spent on extending facilities such as rebate in water bills and free medicines and tests at the government hospitals for the people.
He said that dirty politics is beyond his understanding referring to a group of demonstrators, who raised slogans against him and waved black flags. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the government is planning to provide "class 12" and "part diploma" status to the ITI courses to facilitate students pursuing the courses after class 10 or 12 to join graduation and diploma courses respectively, in future. This will require the approval of central government.