SRINAGAR: About 20,000 youths undergo skill training annually in 88 Industrial Training Institutes functioning in the state, the government said Wednesday.
The information was shared by the Secretary for technical education Hirdesh Kumar in a function organised by the state’s Technical Education department to celebrate the World Youth Skills Day.
Kumar, who was chief guest on the occasion, said, “We will plan a trekking for at least 5 years to check whether the candidates of Industrial Training Institutes are absorbed in government or private sector or are taking entrepreneurship to earn their livelihood.”
He said efforts are underway to develop, upgrade, and diversify industrial training courses “in a big way” and to meet various requirements.
He said there is a “dire need” to maintain respect and dignity of skilled persons in the civil society and all the stakeholders should do their bit in this regard.
The Director Technical Education was the guest of honors in the event, which was also attended by President Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir (FCIK), Muhammad Ashraf Mir, and prominent industrialist Shakeel Ahmad Qalander.
Director Technical Education talked about different schemes and programmes offered in Industrial Training Institutions. The department, he said, has started divisional-level competition tests among ITI students to inculcate in them a sense of competition.
“This year, 1,854 students participated in the Institutional level tests and 58 of them qualified for top three slots in 20 different trades,” he said.