Reservation for women in ITI enhanced

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New Delhi, Dec 17 (UNI) Minister for Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes today said the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT), at its first meeting, has decided to increase the reservation for women candidates seeking, admission under the Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS) from 25 to 30 per cent.

Mr Fernandes said the council felt that the promotion of women should be given greater priority to ensure their equal participation in social and economic process. Therefore, it was decided that 30 per cent of seats in all ITIs (Industrial Training Institutes) and ITCs (Industrial Training Centres) in all courses may be reserved for women candidates and these seats could be filled on the basis of general reservation policy of each state.

Regarding the issue that some states have got more than 30 per cent reservation for women, Mr Fernandes said in such cases, it was decided, the states may continue with their policy and need not bring it down.

He added 1,500 new ITIs and 50,000 new Skill Development Centres (SDCs) would be set up by the Ministry of Labour and Employment in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode. A scheme is being formulated for opening of 1,500 new ITIs in the blocks that do not have ITIs as yet.

The Ministry's proposal for inclusion of new trades under the CTS for all occupations was also approved by the Council. The proposal said there is a need to increase the number of trades from 110 to encompass all sectors of the economy.

In the latest revision of the National Classification of Occupations, about 2,900 trades have been listed. An effort, therefore, should be made to develop course curricula in a phased manner for all the occupations/trades in the country, which require skilled workforce.

The Council also decided on setting up of a Career Counselling-cum-Placement Cell in every ITI/ITC. The proposal put before the Council envisages that the State Governments/private bodies should provide appropriate infrastructure for the functioning of these Placement Cells and Principals of ITI/ITCs should monitor the performance of these centres on these basis.

Development of National Web Portal, Introduction of IT Literacy courses, proficiency in English language, and the inclusion of 'Entrepreneurship Development Programme' in the curricula of trainees of ITIs were other important initiatives approved by the Council.

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