Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development has approved the proposal made by Skill Development Ministry to set up a separate board for Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). The separate board will award Class 10 & 12 certificates that are equivalent to the certificates issued by regular boards. The approval of HRD Ministry will benefit around two million students who have been graduating from Industrial Training Institutes every year. Currently, there are 13,000 ITIs across the country.
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The academic certificates that are issued to ITI pass-outs will be acknowledged by NCERT, CBSE, AICTE, UGC, AIU and state education boards. These students will get admission to the institutes that are recognised by these boards.
With the latest decision, the students who are pursuing two-year ITI course need not have to pursue 10+2 and they can get direct admission to the first year of the graduate programme.
Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship clarified that an eighth pass ITI student can get direct admission to Class 10 in any recognised school across the country. National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) will conduct the academic examination for ITI pass-outs.
He further indicated that there has been a decline in the number of students joining in Industrial Training Institutes. Therefore, the new ITIs, which are going to come up soon, will maintain standards at par with Kendriya Vidyalayas and other training institutes.
As per the proposal, subjects like Mathematics, Hindi and English will be added to the curriculum of ITI and it will become mandatory for the students to clear these subjects.