The Directorate General of Training (DGT) has launched five high end diploma courses in the skill ecosystem for the academic year 2017-18.
The five courses were cleared recently at a Sub-Committee meeting of National Council on Vocational Training (NCVT) in New Delhi. The five courses are in Welding Technology, Industrial Electronics & Automation, Manufacturing Technology, Automotive Technology and IT, Networking and Cloud Computing.
The courses are of two years duration and expected to be introduced from August or September 2017 at Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs). These courses would enable trainees to acquire cutting edge training by providing an opportunity to sharpen their “hands-on skills” in the specialised areas. One fourth of the training period is dedicated for on-the-job training in the form of an industrial attachment. This would also extend the skill pyramid beyond current vocational training set up.
The DGT is an organisation under the Ministry of Skill Development And Entrepreneurship to develop and coordinate for vocational training related programmes at national level.
Commenting on the development, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, MoS (I/C), Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said, “Inclusion of these courses in the skill ecosystem is driven from the demand by the industry and the advent of technology that the country is witnessing. Resources need to be multi-skilled and multi-tasking and be well equipped to scale themselves to the demand of this New India. With this development, our Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs) will narrow the gap between demand and supply in the industry. These steps will also take us closer to our vision of making India the skill capital of the world.”
The meeting was attended by a host of government officials from MSDE, Ministry of Textiles, and state government representatives from Haryana, Tripura, Chandigarh (UT), Bihar and Rajasthan.
Present at the meeting, Sunil Joshi, Deputy Director from Government of Rajasthan said, “This is a great step forward. We wholeheartedly welcome and support the introduction of five diploma courses this year. Earlier, there was no upgradation of the qualifications of an individual in a particular trade. Now, with the introduction of the said diplomas, the candidates will have an added qualification in their respective trades. It will enhance their qualifications leading to lucrative job opportunities.”