ITI partners with 719 private companies for training programs

Mahendra Nath Pandey

New Delhi (NVI): Over the last six months, Industrial Training Institute (ITI) has partnered with 719 corporates and private companies for training programs that have had a significant impact on the skilling ecosystem in India.

This is a huge jump from the 136 MoUs that were signed in the three years prior to the revamp of the related Directorate General of Training’s Dual System program of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).

According to the Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Mahendra Nath Pandey “The dual system allows cooperative learning and production that allows for greater innovation and targeted training.”

“Candidates are getting dual training to become specialists and the increasing demand for their services. We have been actively encouraging ITIs to participate in the DST program so that new ITI trainees will be industry-ready. The newly revamped scheme has been so well received that we expect the impact on the overall skilling ecosystem to be significant,” the statement said.

The DST scheme was introduced in 2016 with the objective of enabling industries and establishments to partner with the Government and Private ITIs for conducting training programmes towards fulfilling skilled manpower requirements, said the statement.

Among the changes in the revamped scheme, ITI&NSTI principals can now directly sign MoUs with industry without the interference of DGT or states. The eligibility criteria for industry participation has been eased where now an engineering trades industry can have a minimum of 40 employees instead of the earlier 200, while the minimum turnover requirement has been brought down to Rs. 1 crore per year for the past three years, against the earlier Rs. 10 crore.

The duration of the practical training portion of the course has also been made flexible and adaptive to the industry schedule. All the 138 plus courses under CTS have been brought under the ambit of DST, as against only 17 courses earlier. ITIs are exclusively permitted to conduct training under DST with deemed affiliation in the 3rd shift.

–PS