Anantnag: The students of different Industrial Training Institute (ITI) centers falling under the State Council for Vocational Training say they have wait for long periods after examinations for certificates and marks sheets.
The students at the ITI centers fall in two categories-the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and the State Council for Vocational Training (SCVT).
The students under the umbrella of the NCVT face no such issues and have the option of downloading their marks sheets and the certificates from the institute’s website.
However the students enrolled under the SCVT have no such facilities and are often made to wait for months (in some cases years) before they are finally awarded the marks sheets and the certificates.
Students, Kashmir Reader talked to, lamented that they were often left stranded and could not apply for a job in absence of the required documents.
“Every job nowadays requires the necessary documents. What is the fun of giving a year or more to a training course that cannot help us find a job,” the student said.
He said that he had applied in the Gulf for a job and the only answer his institute had to his demands for his certificate was a provisional certificate.
“I appeared in the exams in February last year. After a year the institute tells me that they will provide me a provisional certificate. Am I supposed to fly back from Saudi Arabia after two months to get my certificates?” the student asked.
The student had pursued COPA (Computer Operator and Programming Assistant) from Anantnag branch of ITI and is stranded along with more than 25 other batch mates without a certificate.
“I have applied for the job of a junior assistant and I am not sure whether I will be able to appear in the interview given the fact we need to carry the required documents along,” another student told Kashmir Reader.
Same is the case with other courses pertaining to fashion designing, carpentry, electric fitting, plumbing and others.
Deputy Director (ITI) Technical Education, Muneer Ahmad Shah, said that the exams were conducted by the Technical Education Board and it was their domain to answer such questions.
“I cannot say why and how. Please ask the secretary of the technical board,” Shah said.
The J&K State Board of Technical Education website has only a landline number listed in the contact section and attempts to reach it proved futile.
Minister for Technical Education, Imran Raza Ansari’s phone also remained not reachable on repeated attempts made by this reporter.