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JK State to have 50 ITIs, 142 SDCs soon: Chib


Jammu, March 15 (Scoop News) – Minister for Technical Education,  R. S. Chib said that the union Government has agreed to sanction 50 more ITIs and 142 Skill Development Centres (SDCs) with intake capacity of 300 candidates in each to the State for popularizing technical education in the State.

This was stated by the Minister while winding up the discussion on Grants of Technical Education department in the Legislative Assembly today.

 Chib said that there are 6 government polytechnics in the State, besides 8 in private sector with 3520 intake capacity annually. In these institutions, 22 engineering, para- medical and tourism related  course are taught.

The Minister said that an amount of Rs. One core has been spent for upgradation and improvement of infrastructure in existing institutions during the last year and 6 women hostels are coming up in the state to encourage the participation of rural women in skill development programme. In order to remove the stagnation of teaching staff and encourage them for quality work, 28 demonstrators and lecturers-II were promoted to the higher grades.

Referring to the sanction of 18 new polytechnics by the Union Government for the uncovered districts for imparting technical education at the doorstep of the people, he said the land has been identified for the purpose in all districts except Udhampur district. The said that work on buildings of Kathua, Reasi, Samba, Budgam, Bandipora and Kupwara polytechnics  is going on and 3 branches of engineering disciplines with 60 intakes capacity in each  these polytechnic will be started. He said the classes will be started from coming academic session, adding that 396 posts of different categories have been created for these new polytechnics.

He said with the opening of these polytechnics, the total intake capacity of government and private sector will be enhanced to 6, 760 from the existing 3,520, he added.  

Giving details of ITI sector,  Chib said there are 59 ITIs including 11 women and 6 in private sector. He said these institutes have total 15427 intake capacity with 70 trades.  He said that women wing has been opened in ITI Udhampur. 

Earlier, 22 members participated in the discussion and put forth their view point to upgrade the existing infrastructure and establish new training centres in the uncovered areas.