12th June 2016

Expansion of technical institutes opening up livelihoods



State T&V Institutions intake capacity cross remarkable number of 57000

 Govt. opened 34 new technical institutes including IIIT &IIM in three years

                        Technical Education is the backbone of any state and technologically developed country. It plays a significant role in boosting the economic growth. This sector has made rapid strides in the State by equipping youth with technical knowledge suiting the needs of the Industry. Polytechnics have made a significant contribution towards responding to the challenges of industrialization and providing employment and self employment avenues to the educated youth.

In order to improve the skill and technical knowldege of youth, the State Government has accorded preference for opening new technical and vocational institutions across the State besides upgrading the existing ones with required infrastructural facilities.  Presently, as many as 306 technical and vocational institutions are functioning in the state which comprises four Engineering colleges, one B.Pharmacy college, 15 Polytechnic and 104 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in government sector. In addition to these, 14 Engineering, 13 B. Pharmacy, 24 polytechnic colleges and 131 ITIs are functioning in private sector. The intake capacity of these institutions is above 57000 students.

 The state Government has opened as many as 34 new T&V institutions including five new Polytechnic, 24 ITIs, two Engg Colleges, One IIM, One IIIT, One Central Plastic Institute at Badi-Barotiwala during its present regime besides upgrading several ITIs and Polytechnic colleges.

The classes of IIIT Una had already been started in NIT Hamirpur from the session 2014-15. Rajeev Gandhi Govt. Engineering College Nagrota-Bagwan has also started its Civil, Mechanical and Electronics Communication Engineering classes from the same session besides including electrical Engineering and MBA from 2015-16.

The classes in Polytechnic colleges of remaining five districts viz: Kinnaur, Sirmaur, Bilaspur, Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti had been started in temporary campuses at Rohru, Ambota, Hamirpur, Sundernagar and JN govt. Engineering College Sundernagar respectively from the session 2013-14. Kullu and Sirmaur districts have now their own permanent campuses at Dhaula Kunwa and Sewbaag and classes had been shifted in these buildings since August, 2015 wheareas the building of Government Polytechnic Bilaspur is coming up at Kalol.

The State Government has fullfilled its commitment of providing at least one ITI in each assembly segment. The notifications for setting up ITI at Mohi in Mandi district, Mashobra and Nanidhar in Shimla district Chhatrari in Chamba and Moina in Sirmaur district have been issued. The classes of community college have been started in Govt. Polytechnic College Sundernagar.

The GoI has given its approval for upgradation of ITI Nalagarh as a Model ITI. IIM classes have been started in temporary complex at Poanta Sahib from September, 2015. State govt. has provided land for its building at Dhaula Kuan. Govt. The classes of Engineering college Rampur for mechanical  and civil have been started at Sundernagar. Central Plastic Engineering & Technical Institution Baddi has started its academic session during last year. Regional Vocational Training Institute for women has also been started from 18 August 2015 at Jundla in Shimla district.

The State government had mooted a proposal for establishing Advance Training Institute at Thana Lahad in Kangra district and Hydro Engineering College in Bandla of Bilaspur district and the process is at the final stage. Government is promoting new ITIs in private sector in the tribal, remote and backward panchayats in the state.

HP Board of School Education has facilitated the Matriculate candidates obtaining ITI diploma of two or more years and pass two additional subjects i.e. English and another at their choice, shall be treated equal to plus two Arts. The state government has notified 10 state of the art ITIs in the state and would be started from this year's academic session.

The State Government has issued a notification for setting up Government women politechnic institute at Rehan in Kangra District and Rs. 26 crore would be spent on it. Besides a Government Pharmacy college is being established in Kangra for which notification has been issued on 12th April, 2016.

As many as 6 Urban and 25 Rural skill development centres have been proposed to be opened in ITI's for three years at a cost of Rs. 125 crore with the assistance of Asian Development Bank. The sites for 10 such centres have already been selected. Besides, 50 Government ITI's are being strengthened with assistance of ADB and Rs. 100 crore would be spent on machinery and equipment as per the norms of NCVT.

104 Government ITI's are affiliated with NCVT/DGT/SCVT besides 80 ITI's are certified by QCI as per the norms of NCVT whereas the remaining ITI's are being affiliated in a phased manner.

As many as 942 posts of various categories have been created in Technical Education Department during last three years. A budget provision of Rs. 204 crore has been made for current fiscal.

Technical and Vocational Education is playing a vital role in human resource development of the State by creating skilled manpower, enhancing industrial productivity and improving the quality of life besides opening up livelihoods. It is not only an instrument of enhancing efficiency but also an effective tool for upgrading the overall quality of individual and societal life. 

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