To improve the overall quality of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has introduced new affiliation norms. The new norms will also check on the mushrooming of unauthorised institutes.
The new norms will be applicable from the academic session 2018-19 and the proposal for new ITIs based on IT platform will also be invited accordingly. The new rules are also supposed to develop similar infrastructure for a total of 13192 ITIs in the country to fulfill the vocational needs across various sectors.
MSDE is also planning to digitise the application and assessment process. Other aspects of the new norms include decrease in land lease period to 10 years and inspection of machinery and infrastructure by expert committee.
A three tier assessment process will be held for seeking affiliation: desktop assessment; civil infrastructure assessment; equipment, power, IT lab and infrastructure assessment.
On 3 January 2018, in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Anantkumar Hegde had said about the de-affiliation of 350 ITIs in the country. “These ITIs were found non-conforming to the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) norms and accordingly, processed for de-affiliation as per the prevailing de-affiliation procedure,” he said. As stated in the reply, majority of the de-affiliated ITIs belong to Punjab, Odisha, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.