India: State Govt to upgrade quality of teaching in ITIs

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The Jharkhand Cabinet has decided to introduce public-private partnership to upgrade the quality of teaching in the industrial training institutes (ITIs).

In the first phase of the project, the cabinet has selected Bihar Caustics and ACC as industry partners, which will jointly manage the affairs of the it is at Palamu and Chaibasa. Representatives of these companies will be included in the 11-member managing committee. Under this proposal, 20 percent of the seats in these it is will be filled by these companies for which they can charge money from the students. This movement will improve the quality of teaching and training in these institutes. This will also boost employment opportunities to the students enrolled in these institutes. The Cabinet also decided to implement the National Health Insurance Scheme for the BPL families in five districts – Ranchi, Dhanbad, Deoghar, Garhwa and West Singhbhum – from the fiscal year 2008-09. Under the scheme, five members of a family living below poverty line will be given health insurance cover of INR 30,000 per annum. The Central Government will give 75 percent of the premium amount and 25 percent will be given by the State Government.

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