Gujarat: ITIs to award degrees and diplomas at a skills university
Currently, ITIs operate under the Gujarat Council for Vocational Training (GCVT) in accordance with guidelines from the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT).
The government of Gujarat plans to modernize and consolidate 525 industrial training institutes (ITIs) under its Kaushalya The Skill University, which gained approval in the just concluded session of the State Assembly.
Once affiliated with the skills university that will emerge in Ahmedabad, these technical institutes will start awarding degrees instead of just one-year certificates, according to Anju Sharma, senior secretary, Labor and Employment.
Currently, ITIs operate under the Gujarat Vocational Training Council (GCVT) in accordance with guidelines from the National Vocational Training Council (NCVT).
The Gujarat Assembly passed the Kaushalya Skills University Bill 2021 on the last day of its two-day session, September 28. Introducing the bill, State Minister for Labor and Employment Brijesh Merja said the aim was to provide as well as facilitate research in emerging areas in primary, secondary industries and tertiary.
A budget of Rs 1 crore has been approved in the state budget for the year 2021-’22 as an initial grant for the establishment of the university. Kaushalya The Skill University also aims at “developing entrepreneurship” in line with the state government’s slogan “don’t be a job seeker, be a creator and giver of jobs”.
Not limited to just technology-driven training and skills development, the state government is planning to expand to other skills as well. For example, five schools that were conceptualized in the first phase of the university include non-technical sectors – applied sciences, service sector, banking and finance, liberal arts and management.
In addition to an academic council, the skills university will also have a skills development council headed by the CEO.
“While the Academic Council will consider matters of general academic interest, the Skills Development Council will have the power to oversee policies and give direction on teaching methods, cooperative education between colleges and institutes. skills as well as improving academic skills and competencies. standards, ”said Anju Sharma.
The skills development board will also “prescribe” development programs and courses on the recommendations of departments and faculties, she added.
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