Of total 64,000 seats, only 25540 filled; 38460 are lying vacant in J&K UT ITIs

VIKAS SHARMA
JAMMU: Of total seating capacity of 64000 in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir, only 25540 seats have been filled and as many as 38460 seats are lying vacant.
This has been revealed in the report of the Standing Committee on Labour, Textiles and Skill Development, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) presented in the Lok Sabha in March this year (2022). There are a total of 14,722 ITIs running across the country with a seating capacity of 22.75 lakh during 2020.
The Committee expressed concern to note that out of the existing 22,75,439 seats, across all the ITIs in 36 States/UTs, a total number of 10,60,191 seats are lying vacant. Noticeable number of vacant seats being in Uttar Pradesh (2,07,606) followed by Rajasthan (1,37,200), Madhya Pradesh (86,999), Jharkhand (71,886), Odisha (51,829) and Tamil Nadu (49,668).
While deploring almost 50 percent vacant seats existing in the ITIs across the States/UTs, the panel impressed upon the Ministry to expeditiously chalk out suitable strategies, in unison with the State/UT Governments so as to enroll maximum number of students against the existing vacant seats.
The Committee further recommended that requisite steps be taken to curb drop outs and for creation of awareness regarding ample employment opportunities available after ITI training so as to attract more students to get themselves enrolled in various ITIs.
“The Committee are equally concerned to find that out of the 1,99,387 number of sanctioned posts for professionals, across all the ITIs, 1,29,805 are lying vacant as per the National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT) portal as on 21st February, 2022.
Expressing displeasure at such huge number of vacancies of professionals, that exist in the ITIs, the Committee impress upon the Ministry to take 59 urgent steps to address the shortage of professionals in ITIs so as to ensure efficient and high quality training delivery”, the report said
The Committee further noted that according to a Third Party Evaluation of Upgradation of existing Government ITIs into Model ITIs, there is no uniform Management Information System (MIS) adopted by MSDE for monitoring and reporting of scheme related information/status.
However, the Ministry has clarified that for monitoring and reporting of scheme related information/status under the scheme, the State Governments are required to send quarterly progress reports and the observation under Third Party Evaluation of the scheme is on account of the State Governments not regularly sending the report.
In this regard, the Directorate General of Training under MSDE has issued several letters and mails to the State Government regarding the regularization of reports and regular follow-ups are being made for the purpose.
The Committee recommended that the Ministry should continue to follow up the matter with the State/UT Governments to obtain regular status reports from them so as to ensure real time monitoring of the Scheme and expeditious upgradation of the existing Government ITIs as Model ITIs.