To bridge the growing skill gap, the Central government had launched a scheme in 2008 to upgrade old ITIs and set up new ones. Under this, industry groups adopted institutes in their locality, while the government provided funds (Rs 2.5 crore to each ITI) as interest-free loans, payable over 30 years (with a moratorium of 10 years). Of the 2,000-odd ITIs in India, 1,396 were proposed to be brought under this model. So far, about 900 have partnered with various industrial groups. But the initiative has had its share of set backs.
When an industry takes up an ITI, there is a whole different varying set of curricula, methodology, management system, processes, etc. We tried to bring in a little bit of harmonisation and uniformity. It also meant to empower the leaders of the institutions to run those institutions in a professional manner, says Dilip Chenoy, CEO, NSDC. However, with factors such as limited ability to change curriculum, private management has not shown significant change in outcomes in most cases.
One of the institute management committee (IMC) chairman of an ITI points out how corruption is proving to be a roadblock, The government should publish a White Paper to see how the money allocated under the PPP scheme is being utilised or lying unspent, he says. He adds how unwanted restrictions from the Directorate of Employment and Training in the work of this autonomous body are causing a great concept to be stymied. I dont think even 10% of the funds have been used in the two and a half years since the scheme was launched, he adds. Another case of license raj crippling the education sector