JAMMU: Principal Secretary, Skill Development Department, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, today said that ITI courses are being upgraded as per industrial demand for better job opportunities to skilled youth in Jammu and Kashmir.
Principal Secretary said this while chairing a review meeting held here in this regard.
Mission Director, Skill Development Mission, Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah; Director, Skill Development, Sajad Hussain Ganie and representatives of industries across JK UT participated in the meeting.
It was informed in the meeting that at present 52 Government and 34 Private ITIs are training about 13000 youth in engineering trades (Architecture, Draftsman, Turner, Instrument Mechanic, Mechanic Motor Vehicle), Non engineering trades (Computer, data entry, Computer Hardware and Networking, Desktop Publishing, digital photography, dress making, fashion designing). Besides, short term courses offered in these ITIs include Electrician, Mobile Phone Hardware Repair, Web Developer, Automotive Service Technician Level 4, Handloom Weaver (Carpets), DTH Set Top Box Installation, CA Store Technician, squash, juice, pickle Processing, Fruit Processing, Travel Consultant, Beekeeping, Tractor Operator, Hair Stylist, Solar Panel Technician and field engineering.
It was also informed that Job oriented courses like textiles designing, accountancy, nursing, mechtronics, textile designing and vegetable dye printing are also being introduced. Besides, three month courses have also been started recently in Electrician (Domestic), Field Technician, Office Assistant, Plumbing, Mobile Phone Repair, Air Conditioner Repair, tailoring, Front Office Associate, Travel Consultant, Automatic Service Technician and Pulp processing for 707 students in 24 ITIs under PMKVY 3.
The industries representatives gave their suggestions regarding introduction of several new courses having great market value.
Dr Samoon said that due to evolving changes in technology in the past few years industries require added manpower to cater to this change. He also appreciated the role of industries in Jammu for placement of about 1500 ITI/Polytechnic pass outs in recent months.