Mangaluru, May 19, 2017: Ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship is working to bring about reforms at the entry level to Industrial Training Institutes in India, said Rajiv Pratap Rudy, union minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship (independent charge). Noting that this is an area of concern, Rudy said for the past 60 years, ITI students did not have an equivalence of 10th and 12th and for the first time the Modi government has created this equivalence.
Inaugurating the mech-tech garage and start-ups@sahyadri at Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management on May 18, Thursday, Rudy said the equivalence will put students who join ITIs in India after dropping out from 10th or 12th standard on par with their counterparts who pass out either from CBSE or ICSE. This will effect 2.3 million students who join ITIs and we have created a pathway for them to become graduate engineers with one year of diploma, he said.
Subsequent to one-year diploma, these ITI graduates will undergo two year graduate engineering course. This will ensure that ITI students who work with pliers and wrenches and on the lathe machines become graduate engineers, he said. "I look after skills. I know how much it is important right from drop out stages where youth have to be geared up for short term skilling in the country and gradually moving up to the graduate teaching (of engineering)," he noted.
Having taken a look at some of the student projects that won Sahyadrians laurels at national level fest in which IITians had taken part, the minister said from what little he has seen of the college and its management, he is confident that the students are the best and can stand up to their counterparts in leading technical institutions in India. "I will definitely come back for a longer interaction with the students of the institute on a different occasion," the minister assured.