NEW DELHI: In a move which is going to benefit about 20 lakh students studying in the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across the country, government is mulling developing these institutes into formal schools like those affiliated to CBSE and ICSE. The move will enable the ITI graduates to pursue regular courses in other schools and colleges.
Officials said that a proposal in this regard, which was mooted by the ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, has been accepted by the HRD Ministry. According to an estimate, over20 lakhs students pass out from over 13,000 ITIs every year in the country.
A senior HRD ministry official said that a separate board on the lines of CBSE and ICSE will be set up which will award certificates at par with those given to students clearing class 10 and 12 from regular boards. This will help ITI graduates to pursue regular courses in other schools and colleges, added the official.
The HRD ministry will also hold consultations with CBSE, UGC, NCERT and state education boards and thereafter bodies like UGC and AICTE will be informed that they should instruct all colleges and universities to recognise ITI graduates as class 12 pass outs,” the official added.
Officials said that once the proposal is formalised, the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) will be authorised to conduct academic examination and certification for class 10 and 12 for the ITI students.